Two new films came up to bat this past weekend looking to compete against three-peat frontrunner “Crazy Rich Asians” for the top spot. The romantic comedy had been a dominant force in cinemas throughout the month of August and looked to continue its strong push into September. Was “Crazy Rich Asians” able to hold on or did “The Nun” and “Peppermint” put up a good enough fight to finally change up the top spot of the chart? Let’s find out in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.
Warner Bros. has had an incredible 2018 so far and that success continued over the weekend as the studio held on to the top two spots for the fourth consecutive week and the top spot alone has now been owned by WB for five weeks. It’s the first time in over 25 years a single studio has held the top two for four weeks or more. However It wasn’t the studio’s dominant “Crazy Rich Asians” that came out on top. Instead it was “The Nun” that took home the gold in its first weekend under Warner Bros. New Line brand. “The Nun” took in $53.5 million domestically making it the second highest grossing debut for a horror film behind only WB’s own “It” from 2017. It’s also the highest grossing debut for any movie set in the “Conjuring” Universe topping “The Conjuring’s” $48.4 million debut. “The Nun” went on to earn $131 million globally over the course of the weekend. You can read my review of “The Nun” here. “Crazy Rich Asians” continued to show some muscle coming in second with $13.6 million domestically bringing its total domestic gross to $136 million.
Debuting in third was the only other new addition to the top ten, STX’s “Peppermint”. The vigilante action film stars Jennifer Garner as a mother who has taken the law into her own hands following the death of her husband and daughter in a drive-by shooting. Despite poor reviews calling it “generic”, “Peppermint” ended right in line with expectations taking in $13.2 million. It grossed another $1.4 million overseas. You can look for my review of “Peppermint” coming later this week. Rounding out the top five were “The Meg” and “Searching” while “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”, “Christopher Robin”, “Operation Finale”, “Alpha” and “BlaKkKlansman” rounded out the top ten. The only other major new addition to the chart was “God Bless the Broken Road” in eleventh. The religious drama reportedly inspired by the Rascal Flatts ballad “Bless the Broken Road” took in $1.5 million in its domestic debut.
Look for “The Nun” to have a lot of staying power of its own this weekend as two major competitors look to take the top spot. Fox will release the latest addition to the “Predator” franchise called “The Predator” while Lionsgate will offer up “A Simple Favor”. Both films made my list of Ten Anticipated Movies of the Fall of 2018 a few weeks back so we shall see if either of them has the muscle to challenge Warner Bros. domination. The only other offerings will be the religious sequel “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” and the based-on-a-true-story crime drama “White Boy Rick”. We’ll take a look again next week to see which of these films takes the victory in a crowded weekend.