Box Office Battle: 'The Nun' opens to $53.5M in U.S.

AT&T (T) subsidiary Warner Bros' "The Nun" kicked off the fall box office with $53.5M from 3,876 theaters to score the second-biggest September debut of all time in North America, not adjusted for inflation. The spinoff also delivered big numbers overseas, earning $77.5M from 60 markets for a global start of $131M. "The Nun" earned a C CinemaScore and sports a 28% Rotten Tomatoes score. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: "Crazy Rich Asians," another Warner Bros. movie, fell to number two in its fourth weekend, grossing another $13.6M and pushing its domestic total to $136.2M. Behind it was STXfilms' "Peppermint," ending its debut weekend with $13.3M from 2,980 locations. Warner Bros' "The Meg" placed number four, with a little over $6M from 3,511 theaters. Rounding out the top five, Sony (SNE) subsidiary Screen Gems' "Searching" grossed an estimated $4.5M in its second weekend. Other publicly traded companies in filmmaking include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Lionsgate's (LGF.A), Comcast (CMCSA; CMCSK), Viacom (VIAB) and Disney's (DIS).

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