Filmmaker James Wan “conjured” up a horror film universe for the record books.
The Conjuring franchise this week broke the $2-billion barrier in global box office receipts, as reported by comicbook.com, making it the second-highest grossing horror franchise ever–behind only the massive Godzilla portfolio of films.
Wan–who directed the original 2013 The Conjuring–started the ball rolling, and the latest chapter from New Line Cinema–The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It–pushed it over the goal line, with a global haul of $196 million to date. New Line tweeted its thanks to all involved with a post seen on this page.
The Conjuring Universe just passed $2 Billion at the global box office! Thank you to the filmmakers, cast, crew and FANS who have made this the most successful horror series of all time! pic.twitter.com/swHmgx5Sv5
— New Line Cinema (@newlinecinema) July 30, 2021
The entire franchise encompasses eight films–the three mainline The Conjuring movies, which have earned nearly $840 million so far; the Annabelle trilogy spinoff, which took in nearly $800 million; The Nun, which grossed $366 million; and The Curse of La Llorona, which raked in $123 million.
In fact, seven of The Conjuring franchise films rank among the top 25 horror movies of all time–with four of the titles landing in the top eight.
Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman, thanked the team at New Line and the casts and crews of the films for delivering “one of the scariest and most artfully crafted horror franchises in history. These phenomenal results showcase the support of genre fans from all over the world, and we congratulate you on your incredible success.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the growing The Conjuring universe.