Annabelle: Creation scares off competition with $35 million debut

Fright night Talitha Bateman as Janice in Annabelle creation

Fright night Talitha Bateman as Janice in Annabelle creation

This week, the sci-fi fantasy couldn't hold onto the top spot and dropped three places, landing in fourth place and grossing only $7.88 million in its second weekend.

Annabelle -the demonic doll first introduced in 2013's The Conjuring and was the main character of the 2014 spinoff, Annabelle- returned to movie screens with a vengeance Friday with Annabelle: Creation, which scared up a bloody good $35 million from 3,502 theaters. It's the sequel that no one asked for and still got, with many critics giving it negative reviews (it now has an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Our number one film is Annabelle: Creation, a movie that is born from The Conjuring series of films, an often well-revered franchise, save for the original Annabelle film (29% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes).

After "Nut Job 2" is Sony's "Dark Tower" which underperformed during its opening weekend, and continues to slide. Off 45%, The Emoji Movie has earned $63.5 million so far. With $7.9 million from 3,451 locations, the movie looks to slip 59 percent from its first frame.

While "Spider-Man: Homecoming" demonstrated a sharp decline after its first weekend, the news from overseas is far better, with the latest Marvel movie topping $700 million at the worldwide box office, while comedy "Girls Trip" is projected to exceed $100 million domestically - which is seen as an impressive number for an R-rated comedy with an all-female cast. That landmark was just met by Sony's "Baby Driver", which took in $1.5 million this weekend.

The weekend's other newcomer, the Brie Larson drama The Glass Castle, will crack the top 10 with an estimated $4.9 million.

Lionsgate's (NYSE:LGF) adaptation of Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir about her harrowing childhood, The Glass Castle, placed # 9, according to early estimates.

In limited release, Paramount's "An Inconvenient Sequel" added 376 theaters this weekend for a total of 556 where it's expected to make $800,000.

(R) Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where the guests soon become the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.

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