“Annabelle: Creation” Pushes Conjuring Film Universe To One $1 Billion

By Creative Media Times

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The Conjuring series continues to make a killing at the boxoffice. After “Annabelle: Creation” took in more than $110 million this week, the horror film franchise from New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Pictures, has now surpassed the $1 billion at the global boxoffice.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of New Line, and without question, the horror genre has always been an integral and important part of the company’s DNA.” stated Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “While the genre has certainly evolved over the decades, watching the critical and commercial success of the ‘Conjuring’ universe has been truly spectacular and I am incredibly proud of all the talented people involved in making this happen.”

The series began with the low-budgeted The Conjuring in 2013. Directed by James Wan the film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $318 million worldwide. But New Line Cinema knew they have a hit prior to the films releases: after positive reception from test screenings, the company started development of a sequel The Conjuring 2, and then later of Annabelle, a spin-off based on the origins of the doll seen in first film.

Another spinoff, “The Nun,” is currently in post-production. Based on the “Demon Nun” character Valak from The Conjuring 2, The Nun and is scheduled for release next summer July 13, 2018.

“Annabelle: Creation” stars Stephanie Sigmanm Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto, and directed by David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote the first Annabelle film.