Filmmaker James Wan’s second foray into the world of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren has taken in $101.4 million at the domestic box office so far, and $204.5 million on approximately 3,000 screens in 60 markets internationally, with a few small territories yet to release. “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” respectively, are now the highest grossing horror films worldwide, after 1973’s “The Exorcist.” And with a total of $305.9 million and counting for this current film alone, “The Conjuring” universe—consisting of “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle” and “The Conjuring 2”—is now the third-highest grossing horror franchise worldwide, earning more than $882 million with just three films.
Kwan Vandenberg, in making the announcement, stated, “Like its predecessors, ‘The Conjuring 2’ is resonating with moviegoers everywhere as an exhilarating cinematic experience, and its fans are spreading the word. We are delighted with the response to the film and congratulate New Line, the filmmakers and cast on its success.”
With “The Conjuring 2” still in theaters, Wan’s next big scare-fest (as a producer) is “Lights Out,” opening July 22, which marks the feature directorial debut of David F. Sandberg and challenges audiences to face their most primal fear: the dark.
New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring 2,” with James Wan once again at the helm following the record-breaking success of “The Conjuring,” brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air”) and Patrick Wilson, star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
The film follows the phenomenal worldwide reception of Wan’s “The Conjuring,” which marked the largest opening ever for an original horror movie. It went on to make more than $319 million worldwide and still remains the second highest grossing original horror movie of all time, second only to “The Exorcist.”
Rounding out the cast are Frances O’Connor as the single mom, with Madison Wolfe and newcomers Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh as her children; Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Franka Potente and Simon McBurney.
The screenplay is by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes & James Wan and David Leslie Johnson, story by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes & James Wan. Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, who previously collaborated on “The Conjuring,” produced with Wan. The executive producers are Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter.
Collaborating with Wan behind the scenes were Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“Forrest Gump,” “42”) and, reuniting with the director from “The Conjuring,” production designer Julie Berghoff, editor Kirk Morri, costume designer Kristin M. Burke and composer Joseph Bishara.
New Line Cinema presents a Safran Company/Atomic Monster Production, a James Wan film, “The Conjuring 2.” It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The film has been rated R by the MPAA for terror and horror violence. www.theconjuring2.com