Conjuring Franchise Just Hit A Major Milestone, Passing $1 Billion
Posted 2017/08/19 0 0
It has become third biggest horror franchise of all time.
According to The Wrap, Annabelle: Creation has earned more than $110 million worldwide since its August 11 release in theaters. Together with the global tallies of The Conjuring ($318 million), The Conjuring 2 ($320.2 million) and Annabelle ($256.8 million), the film universe has grossed $1.005 billion to date, and will surely add millions more in Annabelle: Creation’s second weekend at the box office. Warner Bros. President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution Sue Kroll celebrated the milestone, saying in a statement:
“We are thrilled with the success of Annabelle: Creation and enormously proud to continue bringing this hugely popular Conjuring franchise to theaters everywhere. We congratulate our colleagues at New Line Cinema, our astute marketing and distribution teams, and everyone who put their collective creative energies together to tell such wonderfully frightening stories for movie audiences around the world to enjoy.”
Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, added: "This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of New Line, and without question, the horror genre has always been an integral and important part of the company's DNA. While the genre has certainly evolved over the decades, watching the critical and commercial success of the Conjuring universe has been truly spectacular and I am incredibly proud of all the talented people involved in making this happen."
Together, New Line’s Richard Brener, President, Production, and Carolyn Blackwood, President, Content, Strategy & Operations, noted, “James Wan has a proven ability to tap into the minds of horror fans in a way few can. To reach this benchmark with just four films is truly remarkable. On behalf of everyone at New Line, we couldn’t be more excited for him, producer Peter Safran, and all the filmmakers who were so instrumental in making each of these movies so successful.”
The Conjuring is now the third-highest grossing horror series behind Resident Evil ($1.2 billion) and Alien ($1.4 billion). And given that we have The Conjuring 3, The Nun and The Crooked Man all on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before it surpasses both to become the biggest horror franchise of all time.