Conjuring 2 frightens off competition to top box office
HORROR movie The Conjuring 2 topped the box office in its debut, according to industry estimates released on Sunday, breaking a run of underperforming big-budget sequels.
The supernatural fright-fest, starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, took in US$40.4 million (S$54.8 million) on its opening weekend, almost matching the US$41.9 million take of the 2013 original.
Its success follows the recent disappointments of high-profile follow-ups, including Alice Through The Looking Glass - which has slipped to eighth place in its third weekend - and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, which dropped to fourth in only its second weekend. It had a dismal take of US$14.8 million.
Warcraft debuted at an estimated US$24.4 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said. Based on the global hit video game World Of Warcraft, it tells of the initial battles between humans and orcs.
Crime caper, Now You See Me 2, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson as illusionists, came in third with US$23 million.
In China, Warcraft overran its competition with takings of 1.03 billion yuan (S$212.1 million) since Wednesday.
It is on track to become the highest-grossing Hollywood film in the country. It has already made more money than the entire run of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year.