Thursday, August 29, 2013

"The Conjuring" Still Conjuring Big Box Office

New Line Cinema’s “The Conjuring” Scares up $200 Million and Counting at the Worldwide Box Office

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New Line Cinema’s “The Conjuring” has surpassed the $200 million mark at the worldwide box office, and has earned more than $220 million to date. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

James Wan’s supernatural horror thriller enjoyed the largest opening weekend ever at the domestic box office for an original horror film, at $41.9 million, and garnered critical acclaim across the board. The domestic numbers currently stand at $131.9 million.

Internationally, “The Conjuring” has taken in nearly $90 million from 37 markets, buoyed by excellent debuts across a number of territories this weekend, including France, Italy and the Philippines, as well as Mexico and Belgium, where it enjoyed the biggest openings of all time for a horror film in those territories. The film has held strong in virtually all foreign markets, with Brazil yet to open.

In making the announcement, Fellman said, “The terrifying phenomenon experienced by this real family and translated so effectively to screen by James Wan has now become a phenomenon with audiences. We congratulate James and the cast and everyone involved in the film.”

“We’re thrilled with the incredibly strong numbers we’re seeing across the map, which is an outstanding feat for a film of this genre, especially one that is not a sequel or based on another property,” Kwan Vandenberg said. “Huge kudos to James Wan and his cast and crew for creating a fantastic film that has cast an electrifying spell in theaters around the globe.”

Based on the true life story, “The Conjuring” tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed 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 and Lorraine Warren. “The Conjuring” stars Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (“Insidious”) as the Warrens, and Ron Livingston (“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”) and Lili Taylor (TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house. Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy and newcomer Kyla Deaver play the Perrons’ five daughters, and Sterling Jerins is the Warrens’ little girl, Judy. Rounding out the cast are Marion Guyot, Steve Coulter, Shannon Kook, and John Brotherton.

James Wan (“Saw,” “Insidious”) directed the film from a screenplay by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes (“The Reaping”). The film is produced by Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter serving as executive producers.

New Line Cinema presents a Safran Company / Evergreen Media Group Production of a James Wan Film, “The Conjuring.” The film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror.

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