During the quietest movie weekend of the season, The Expend4bles proved to be rather expendable itself.
Despite the presence of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and just about every one-time action-movie hero you thought retired, The Expend4bles couldn’t exorcise The Nun II from the top of the box office. America’s favorite satanic sister scared up an estimated $8.4 million in North America, pushing past The Expend4bles by a mere $100,000.
The Nun II has now collected $69.2 million stateside and a truly terrifying $204.2 million worldwide. And it cements The Conjuring universe—the franchise of which The Nun II is a part of—as a still relevant force in the cinematic world. All told, its nine films have earned $807.6 million domestically, making it Hollywood’s most successful horror franchise (if you discount the Twilight franchise and its sparkly vampires, that is). Yep, when you look at lucrative fright-flick brands, the Conjuring films are second to … nun.
Meanwhile, the Expendables franchise seems to be losing steam. The $8.3 million that The Expend4bles took in represents a low-water mark for the brand: The Expendables 3 started its 2014 run with $15.9 million—a franchise low at the time. Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t appear in Expend4bles 4, but one of his more famous lines seems vaguely appropriate here: Hasta la vista, baby.
A Haunting in Venice lost more than 55% of its weekend-over-weekend audience and earned $6.3 million to finish third. The Equalizer 3 continues to show some pop, banking $4.7 million for fourth place.
And Barbie is proving to be almost as durable as its namesake doll. The year’s biggest blockbuster continued to pad its stateside totals, adding another $3.2 million to its pink coffers. Barbie has now earned $630.5 million in North America, which makes it the 11th highest-grossing movie of all time. (It’s trailing No. 10 Jurassic World by about $23 million.) Forget Barbie’s platinum-blond hair: She could build a whole dream house out of the metal at this rate.
It Lives Inside, the only other wide release this weekend besides The Expend4bles, earned $2.6 million to finish seventh—just behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 ($3 million) and just in front of Dumb Money ($2.5 million).