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'Annabelle' scares up $35M, jolting sleepy box office

'Annabelle' scares up $35M, jolting sleepy box office

August 13, 2017 01:09 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - The "Conjuring" spinoff "Annabelle: Creation" scared up an estimated $35 million in North American theaters over the weekend, making it easily the top film and giving the lagging August box office a shot in the arm.

The opening came close to matching the film's predecessor, "Annabelle," which opened with $37.1 million in October 2014. Warner Bros. could celebrate not only the month's biggest debut but also having the week's top two films. Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" followed in second with $11.4 million in its fourth weekend according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Last week's top film, the poorly received Stephen King adaptation "The Dark Tower," slid dramatically. It toppled nearly 70 percent on its second weekend with an estimated $7.9 million.

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8/13/2017 11:30:06 AM (GMT -4:00)

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JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

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