Weekend Box Office: June 4-6
by Emily Nagle
The first box office weekend of June saw the premiere of two new films: Warner Bros.’ “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” and Universal’s “Spirit Untamed”. In total, theaters across the United States grossed $66.2 million for the whole weekend, signifying the ongoing revival of moviegoing.
While it is available free of charge to HBO Max subscribers, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” saw an especially profitable opening weekend in theaters, raking in $24 million. The eighth installment in the film series and the third “Conjuring” film overall, it follows husband-and-wife demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) as they investigate a murder that seems to be linked to an exorcism.
Having received mostly positive reviews from viewers, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” beat out “A Quiet Place Part II”, which was released last week. In addition to being available in traditional theaters, both films are showing in IMAX theaters, allowing audiences to have a more immersive viewing experience.
“Spirit Untamed” is based on the Netflix series “Spirit Riding Free”, and a CGI sequel to the 2002 “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”. Produced by DreamWorks Animation, the film follows 12-year-old Lucky, a free-spirited city girl who relocates to the quiet town of Miradero and befriends a wild horse named Spirit. The movie has been DreamWorks’ least profitable opening weekend to date, making only $6.2 million nationwide against a production budget of $30 million. Critics have given it mixed reviews, criticizing the film’s story and animation.