3:44pm PT by Rebecca Ford
Box-Office Milestone: 'The Conjuring' Horror Universe Passes $1B
With its latest film, Annabelle: Creation, earning more than $110 million worldwide as of Friday, New Line Cinema’s Conjuring cinematic universe has surpassed the $1 billion mark at the global box office.
The horror universe, headed by James Wan and producer Peter Safran, includes the films The Conjuring 2 ($320.4M), The Conjuring ($319.5M) and Annabelle ($257M).
"We are thrilled with the success of Annabelle: Creation and enormously proud to continue bringing this hugely popular Conjuring franchise to theaters everywhere," said Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. "We congratulate our colleagues at New Line Cinema, our astute marketing and distribution teams and everyone who put their collective creative energies together to tell such wonderfully frightening stories for movie audiences around the world to enjoy."
Annabelle: Creation opened in theaters on Aug. 11. New Line will next release The Nun, based on the character appearing in The Conjuring 2, directed by Corin Hardy and due in theaters July 13, 2018. The studio also is in active development with Wan's Atomic Monster and The Safran Company on The Conjuring 3 and The Crooked Man, the latter also based on a character that appeared in The Conjuring 2.
Said Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group: “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of New Line, and without question the horror genre has always been an integral and important part of the company’s DNA. While the genre has certainly evolved over the decades, watching the critical and commercial success of the Conjuring universe has been truly spectacular and I am incredibly proud of all the talented people involved in making this happen."