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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This past weekend saw the release of The Nun and Peppermint in a wide release.

Many film trackers out there were expecting The Nun to scare up some real business at the box-office, but even they couldn’t have predicted just how well it did overall. Many had it pegged at around $40 million for its opening weekend, but instead, it went and took in a crazy $53.5 million. Between that and the foreign cume, it made over $130 million worldwide — and that’s off a $22 million budget. It’s also a performance that comes following the terrible critical reception and a lukewarm audience reaction, based on its C CinemaScore.

In second place, Crazy Rich Asians is staying strong with $13.6 million, bringing its worldwide tally to $164.7 million. Clearly, the film is an indication that mid-budget romantic-comedies are ready to make a comeback, and is also an indication of how ready U.S. audiences are to see more diverse casts. This film seems to be breaking ground on virtually every front.

In third place, we have Peppermint, the new Jennifer Garner-led movie, taking in $13.3 million in its opening weekend. It’s worth noting that while virtually no critic under the sun actually liked the movie, audiences gave it a B+ CinemaScore. While this opening looks to be a bit disappointing, could this reaction mean it’ll have a longer-than-expected tail? We’ll have to wait and see.

Below are the box-office estimates for this past weekend domestically:

The Nun – Warner Bros. – $53.5M
Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. – $13.6M
Peppermint – STX Entertainment – $13.3M
The Meg – Warner Bros. – $6.0M
Searching – SGem – $4.5M
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Paramount – $3.8M
Disney’s Christopher Robin – Disney – $3.2M
Operation Finale – MGM – $3.0M
Alpha – Studio 8 – $2.5M
BlacKkKlansman – Focus – $1.6M

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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo, CinemaScore

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.