‘Conjuring 2′ puts a $40.4 million scare into the box office

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Horror sequel The Conjuring 2 racked up $40.4 million and topped the box office in its debut, according to studio estimates from comScore. Starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as a paranormal-investigating couple, director James Wan’s film nearly matched the $41.9 million opening of the original hit in 2013.

The second Conjuring won support from both audiences (who gave it an A- on CinemaScore) and critics (74% positive reviews on aggregate site RottenTomatoes.com), and more importantly breaks a streak of underperforming sequels such as Alice Through the Looking Glass and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, says comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

“For this sequel to line up almost exactly with the original tells us audiences love to be scared at the multiplex,” he says. “When you have something of this level of quality — especially the first one — that creates a lot of goodwill.”

 

Source: USA Today