New Line Cinema's The Conjuring, from director James Wan, rode a wave of strong critical and audience acclaim to an extraordinary $41.9 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.

The film broke records for:

  • The largest opening for an original horror film
  • Warner Bros.' largest 3-day opening for a horror film
  • The largest opening for director James Wan, who created the Saw franchise.

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In addition, The Conjuring earned an A- CinemaScore, one of only three horror movies in the last 10 years to earn such a high mark from moviegoers (with no horror movie ever receiving a higher grade).

Based on the true-life story, The Conjuring tells the tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

From New Line Cinema comes a feature film drawn from the case files of married demonologists Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren. The Conjuring stars Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as the Warrens, and Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.

B. Alan Orange