Over the past two weeks, a pair of different sequels took the top spots at the box office, although both were far behind their predecessors. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse took in $65.7 million, far below the $90.8 million haul of 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Last weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows won at the box office with $35.3 million, nearly half of 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which earned $65.5 million. This weekend brought two new sequels, The Conjuring 2 and Now You See Me 2, along with the video game adaptation Warcraft, but it was The Conjuring 2 that came out on top with $40.3 million.
According to Box Office Mojo, The Conjuring 2 pulled in an impressive $12,070 per-screen average from 3,343 theaters. The $40.3 million tally is just slightly below the The Conjuring's $41.8 million debut in the summer of 2013, where it went on to make $137.4 million domestically and $318 million worldwide, from just a $20 million budget. The Conjuring 2 has also earned an additional $50 million in international markets for a global total of $90.3 million, from a $40 million budget. This weekend's other new releases, Warcraft and Now You See Me 2 came in second and third places respectively, with Warcraft earning $24.3 million with a $7,164 per-screen average from 3,400 theaters and Now You See Me 2 taking in $23 million with a $7,124 per-screen average from 3,232 theaters.
Of these three new releases, only The Conjuring 2 is a hit with the critics, earning a solid 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Now You See Me 2 has a middling 36% rating and Warcraft has a 27% score, although it did rise from its dismal 16% score earlier this week. Despite these negative reviews, Warcraft is already a big hit internationally, where it has earned $286.1 million in select global markets. The video game adaptation was reportedly produced with a massive $160 million budget.
Director James Wan brings The Conjuring 2 to the screen with another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. The supporting cast includes Davis Thewlis, Frances O'Connor, Franka Potente, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sterling Jerins, Simon McBurney and Javier Botet.
Warcraft comes from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment's global phenomenon. The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
Now You See Me 2 is set one year after the Four Horsemen outwitted the FBI and won the public's adulation with their mind-bending spectacles. The gang resurfaces only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet. Lizzy Caplan replaces Isla Fisher as one of the Four Horsemen, with Daniel Radcliffe joining the cast alongside returning stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. It's worth noting that the original Now You See Me opened with $29.3 million in 2013, en route to $117 million domestic and $351 million worldwide, from a $75 million budget. Rounding out the top 5 will be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 with $14.8 million and X-Men: Apocalypse with $10 million.
The top 10 will be rounded out by Me Before You ($9.2 million), The Angry Birds Movie ($6.7 million), Alice Through the Looking Glass ($5.5 million), Captain America: Civil War ($4.3 million) and The Jungle Book ($2.7 million). Also opening in limited release this weekend is Reliance Films' crime thriller Te3n, which earned $284,040 from 104 theaters for a $2,731 per-screen average. A24's documentary De Palma earned $30,856 from three theaters for a $10,285 per-screen average, Cohen Media Group's drama Diary of a Chambermaid earned $11,067 from two theaters for a $5,534 per-screen average, Roadside Attractions' drama Genius took in $6,517 from 16 theaters for a $407 per-screen average and Focus World's comedy Puerto Ricans in Paris took in $25,000 from 41 theaters for a $610 per-screen average. No box office data was released for Electric Entertainment's thriller Blackway, Starz Media's thriller Careful What You Wish For or Music Box Films' horror-comedy Therapy for a Vampire. We don't know if any of these films plan to expand in wide release throughout the coming weeks.
Looking ahead to next weekend, two new movies hit theaters in wide release. Disney Pixar's long-awaited sequel Finding Dory will go up against Warner Bros.' action comedy Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Also opening in limited release is The Weinstein Company's horror-thriller Clown, Magnolia's action-adventure The Last King, Film Movement's documentary My Love, Don't Cross That River, First Run's documentary Argentina, Hannover House's romantic comedy A Remarkable Life and Magnolia's documentary Tickled. Be sure to check back on Tuesday for the new round of predictions. Until then, take a look at the top 10 for the weekend of June 10.