When New Line Cinema premiered The Conjuring in 2013, the box office numbers and critical reception let them know they had a huge hit on their hands. Four years later, the studio can finally begin to grasp just how much this shared universe of horror films has dominated the market, as their four released films have earned a combined $1 billion worldwide, according to Deadline.
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Another impressive feat for these series of films is that they've all been rated R, which severely limits the audience that can attend a theatrical run.
While, in some ways, these huge box office numbers are a
Prior to writing/directing The Conjuring, filmmaker James Wan gave audiences Saw and Insidious, with the former going
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Despite only being featured for a few minutes in The Conjuring, the possessed Annabelle doll was the first of the series' spin-offs. That film was a big enough hit to have resulted in this past weekend's Annabelle: Creation, which opened to over $100 million worldwide. Last year's The Conjuring 2 has spawned two spin-offs, with The Nun having recently wrapped filming and The Crooked Man announced to hit theaters sometime in 2019.
The Conjuring 2 and The Conjuring hold the second and third spots, respectively, for horror movie box office totals. The two films sit behind The Exorcist in the number one spot.