Denzel Washington is no match for this sister.
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“The Nun II” topped the box office charts, earning a scary good $32.6 million this weekend from 3,728 locations. That was more than enough to topple Sony’s “The Equalizer 3,” which features Washington as a mysterious avenging angel, from the first place perch it held last weekend. “The Equalizer 3” racked up over $12.1 million in its second weekend to push its domestic gross to $61.9 million. Globally, the action sequel crossed $100 million at worldwide box office, bringing its haul to $107.7 million.
Though impressive, “The Nun II,” which is the ninth chapter in Warner Bros.’ ongoing “Conjuring” series, couldn’t match the high-water mark set by its 2018 predecessor “The Nun,” which opened with $53.8 million. The film sees Taissa Farmiga and Bonnie Aarons return as Sister Irene and the titular Nun, respectively, with newcomers to the franchise, Jonas Bloquet, Storm Reid and Anna Popplewell, rounding out the ensemble of frequently habit-wearing characters. Michael Chaves, who directed “The Curse of La Llorona” and “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” slid behind the camera for this installment.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,” the weekend’s other new wide release, opened in third place with $10 million. The film was written and directed by Nia Vardalos, who also stars alongside John Corbett. Focus Features is distributing the film in the North America, while Universal Pictures International has foreign territories. The third chapter in the comedy series follows the eccentric Portokalos family as they travel to Greece for a family reunion.
“Jawan,” an Indian Hindi-language action-thriller, took fourth place with $6.2 million. The film features Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan playing a dual role of a father and son. It was directed by Atlee.
“Barbie,” the Warner Bros. comedy that dominated the summer box office, rounded out the top five, grossing $5.9 million. That brings its domestic total to a flashy pink $620.5 million.