Box Office: ‘The Nun II’ Scares Away ‘Equalizer 3’ With $13 Million Opening Day

“The Nun II” spooked the box office with $13 million on opening day, including $3.1 million in previews.

The ninth and latest chapter in Warner Bros. “Conjuring” series is expected to open around to $31.3 million this weekend from 3,728 locations, a drop from the record-setting original movie but enough to surpass Denzel Washington and Sony’s “The Equalizer 3.” The 2018 “Nun” original scored the highest opening of a movie in the “Conjuring” universe with $53.8 million, and it’s the series’ highest-grossing worldwide with $365.5 million.

Taissa Farmiga and Bonnie Aarons return as Sister Irene and the titular Nun, respectively, with Jonas Bloquet, Storm Reid and Anna Popplewell joining the franchise. Filmmaker Michael Chaves returns to the series after previously directing “The Curse of La Llorona” and “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.”

“The Nun II” is aiming to land in the middle of the “Conjuring” universe, likely beating the opening weekends of “Annabelle Comes Home” ($20.3 million), “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” ($24 million), “The Curse of La Llorona” ($26.5 million) and coming in right behind “Annabelle: Creation” ($35 million). The horror sequel earned a C+ grade on CinemaScore and 76% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Equalizer 3” looks to take silver in its sophomore outing, scoring $3.4 million on Friday from 3,965 locations. The third entry in Denzel Washington’s assassin-thriller series is expected to add $11.6 million to its domestic box office total.

“The Equalizer 3” earned the second-biggest Labor Day opening weekend in history with an estimated $42.3 million. While the holiday isn’t traditionally a box office draw, the threequal’s three-day domestic figure of $34.5 million is nearly the same as its predecessors. The 2015 original grossed $34 million in a traditional three-day frame, while the 2018 sequel scored $36 million.

At No. 3, Universal’s “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” grossed $3.7 million on Friday from 3,650 theaters and is aiming for a $9.5 million weekend debut. The romantic comedy received mostly warm reviews, with a B grade on CinemaScore and 74% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The third installment in Nia Vardalos’ rom-com series follows the Portokalos family in Greece for a family reunion after the death of Gus, played by Michael Constantine (who died in 2021). Along with Vardalos, who also directed the film, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” includes John Corbett, Louis Mandylor, Elena Kampouris, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Lainie Kazan and Andrea Martin.

The Hindi-language action thriller “Jawan” took fourth place with a $1.7 million opening day. Directed by Atlee as his first Hindi film, “Jawan” is expected to gross $5.5 million in its weekend debut at the North America box office.

Rounding out the top five, Greta Gerwig and Warner Bros.’ “Barbie” earned $1.38 million on Friday and is expected to gross $4.9 million in its eighth weekend of release. Last weekend, the hot-pink fantasy comedy overtook “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” as the highest-grossing worldwide release of the year with $1.38 billion.

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