‘The Nun’ did divinely well at the box office: Biggest debut in the ‘Conjuring’ franchise

LOS ANGELES – The horror movie “The Nun” has topped the domestic box office in its first weekend, scoring a best for “The Conjuring” franchise.

Studio estimates on Sunday say the Taissa Farmiga film brought in $53.5 million from North American theaters.

“The Nun” scared “Crazy Rich Asians” into second place for the first time in its four-week run. The rom-com added $13.6 million.

The Jennifer Garner revenge movie “Peppermint” opened in third to $13.3 million.

And holdovers rounded out the top five with Jason Statham’s shark tale “The Meg” in fourth with $6 million and John Cho’s Internet thriller “Searching” in fifth with $4.5 million.

Final numbers are expected Monday.

Contributing: Kim Willis

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