The Devil Made Me Do It’ Out, Every Movie In The Conjuring Universe’s Opening Weekend Ranked Worst To Best

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is the latest entry in the supernatural cinematic universe that has already grossed over $1.9 billion at the worldwide box office.

The eighth film in the franchise is the second titular and direct sequel to the 2013 original movie, The Conjuring. Landing both in theaters and on HBO Max, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. This time they get involved in a murder case where the culprit claims to have been possessed.

With previous installments securing domestic box office debuts between $20.3 million and $53.8 million, it’ll be interesting to see what The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It manages to pull in. Industry predictions predict an opening weekend in the region of $20 million. The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 landed with $41.9 million and $40.4 million, respectively.

So, let’s take a look at the Conjuring Universe and what previous entries have scared up at the box office on opening weekend.

All figures are domestic unless stated otherwise and have not been adjusted for inflation.

7. Annabelle Comes Home (Warner Bros.) 2019

Opening Weekend: $20.3 million

This was the third film in the Conjuring Universe to focus on the titular demonic doll, and it was the seventh film in the series. Set in the Warrens’ home, it involves a plethora of dark entities terrorizing their daughter, her babysitter, and friends. Annabelle Comes Home gave Gary Dauberman, who wrote the two previous Annabelle-centric films in the franchise, as well as this one, his directorial debut.  It went on to gross $231.25 million at the worldwide box office.

6. The Curse of La Llorona (Warner Bros.) 2019

Opening Weekend: $26.4 million

Reportedly costing just $9 million to make, The Curse of La Llorona grossed $123 million worldwide. Despite that box office sounding robust compared to the spend, the chiller, set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, is currently the lowest-grossing film in the supernatural franchise. Michael Chaves made his feature directorial debut with this entry. He returned to the series a second time to helm The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

5. Annabelle: Creation (Warner Bros.) 2017

Opening Weekend: $35 million

This prequel, which delved into how the toy turned bad, was the fourth film in the Conjuring Universe. Having already delivered a terrifyingly good box office for Warner Bros with his feature debut, Lights Out, David F. Sandberg took the director’s chair to turn out an entry that got largely favorable reviews from critics. Audiences also got on board, and it went on to gross $306.5 million at the worldwide box office.

4. Annabelle (Warner Bros.) 2014

Opening Weekend: $37.1 million

The first character spin-off, the second film in what was now a cinematic universe, was a prequel to The Conjuring. Audiences lapped up the fear-inducing figurine’s appearance in the original movie, so a standalone film exploring its origins seemed like a no-brainer. Sadly, the fan favorite’s feature didn’t sit well with critics, but it was still a hit at the box office grossing $257.6 million worldwide against a $6.5 million budget. Annabelle saw James Wan, who helmed The Conjuring, slide in a producer role.

3. The Conjuring 2 (Warner Bros.) 2016

Opening Weekend: $40.4 million

Wan returned to the director’s chair for the first direct sequel to the original movie, which was also the third entry in the film series. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga once again took centre stage as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Moving the supernatural action to the United Kingdom, The Conjuring 2 introduced the demon Valak to the franchise. The entity would later get its own movie, The Nun. Made for $40 million, The Conjuring 2 grossed $320.4 million at the worldwide box office.

2. The Conjuring (Warner Bros.) 2013

Opening Weekend: $41.9 million

This is the movie that started it all. It introduced audiences to Wilson and Farmiga as the Warrens, the real-life paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent haunting cases. The Conjuring, which has the couple come to the rescue of a Rhode Island family, grossed $319.5 million at the worldwide box office against a $20 million budget. Aside from being a hit, audiences and critics both loved it, handing Warner Bros. a bona fide franchise opportunity.   

1. The Nun (Warner Bros.) 2018

Opening Weekend: $53.8 million

With rotten audience and critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest for any film in the franchise, it didn’t stop people rushing to movie theaters to see The Nun. At $53.8 million, it has the highest opening weekend at the domestic box office of any Conjuring Universe by a considerable margin. Corin Hardy directed the gothic horror focussed on the demonic nun who first appeared in The Conjuring 2. After grossing $365.6 million at the worldwide box office against a $22 million budget, a sequel was given the green light.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is in theaters and on HBO Max now.

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