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Movie Monday: ‘The Nun II’ Scares Off the Competition

Legendary detective Hercule Poirot faced off against a pair of battling nuns this weekend, hoping to earn the support of moviegoers everywhere. But based on early returns, the votes didn’t turn Poirot’s way. The nuns still have it.

We’re talking about The Nun II, of course. The latest film from the Conjuring universe gathered up an estimated $14.7 million in its black folds to take the box-office victory. It’s the second straight win for the fright flick, pushing its North American total to $56.5 million. It’s doing even better overseas, where the film has earned more than $100 million already. For The Nun II, it seems like winning is becoming … a habit.

But Poirot’s A Haunting in Venice didn’t fare that badly. Most prognosticators expected Kenneth Branagh’s third Agatha Christie adaptation to earn around $12 million. Instead, it took home $14.5 million in North America, finishing a very close second to The Nun II. It also did fairly well overseas, earning $22.7 million internationally to push its one-weekend total to $37.2 million. Poirot, of course, is famous for his luxuriant mustache. But now it seems the Belgian detective has a different sort of stash.

The Equalizer 3 landed at No. 3, banking $7.2 million en route. Denzel Washington’s latest actioner has now earned $73.7 million stateside and $132.4 million overall. Meanwhile, the earnings for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 are already looking a little skinny. The $4.7 million it earned domestically landed it in fourth place.

Barbie closes out the top five, collecting another $4 million to add to its already year-best total. The doll has mauled the competition for most of the summer, taking in $626.1 million in North America and $1.4 billion worldwide. Clearly, Skipper’s college education is all but secured.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.