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‘Nun’ sequel narrowly outscares ‘Haunting’ in theaters

Warner Bros. thriller The Nun II  kept a narrow lead on a mostly spiritless North American weekend with an estimated take of $14.7 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

This ninth chapter in The Conjuring series, a gothic tale of spiritual possessions featuring a demonic, red-eyed goat, stars Taissa Farmiga, Belgian actor Jonas Bloquet, and Storm Reid.

A scene from the horror film, ‘The Nun II’ 

20th Century’s  A Haunting in Venice, the latest  Kenneth Branagh  take on an  Agatha Christie  mystery, had an estimated $14.5 million in ticket sales. (Since it trailed  Nun  by only $200,000, the ultimate weekend winner may be decided only on Monday.)

With Branagh both directing and making his latest big-moustached role as Belgian flatfoot Hercules Poirot, the movie took in an estimated $14.5 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period.

The film has a skeptical Poirot being lured out of retirement to attend a seance where – not-much-of-a-spoiler alert – someone is murdered.  Tina Fey  and  Michelle Yeoh  also star.

The weekend’s third top moneymaker, at $7.2 million, was Sony’s  The Equalizer 3  starring  Denzel Washington  in his latest portrayal of a retired US Marine and drug-enforcement agent taking on an endless stream of bad guys.

In fourth spot was another sequel,  My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, from Focus Features and Universal Pictures. It earned an estimated $4.7 million.  Nia Vardalos, again playing the central character, directs.

And heroically hanging on in fifth spot in its ninth weekend out was Warner Bros.’  Barbie. The  Greta Gerwig  film had ticket sales of $3.9 million.  — AFP

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