The Nun conjures best series debut

The Nun had a divine opening weekend atop the North American box office.

Warner Bros dominated for the fifth weekend in a row as the latest instalment in the Conjuring series debuted with US$53.5 million (S$74 million).

That marks the best debut in the series, crushing 2013's The Conjuring, which held the record with US$41.8 million.

Overseas, The Nun generated US$77.5 million for a global start of US$131 million.

Director Corin Hardy's horror flick - starring Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga - broke a number of franchise records this weekend. It had the largest Thursday showing out of the five movies (US$5.4 million), as well as the biggest opening day (US$22.3 million).

The first four movies in the franchise - The Conjuring, Annabelle, The Conjuring 2, and Annabelle: Creation - have generated more than US$1.1 billion globally.

Warner Bros also held the No. 1 and 2 spots for four straight weeks, the first time a studio has held that distinction in 25 years.

It maintained No. 2 with Crazy Rich Asians, which earned US$13.5 million in its fourth weekend and has raked in a total of US$136 million in North America.

Among newcomers, Peppermint opened on par with projections. Jennifer Garner's action thriller secured third place with US$13.2 million. - REUTERS