James Wan can’t seem to put a foot wrong.
The Malaysian-born, Australian-raised filmmaker had yet another hit with The Conjuring 2, which has now locked itself in as the most successful horror film of all time in Australia and New Zealand.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Roadshow Films have announced that the New Line Cinema horror sequel has topped $AUS10.75 million at the Australian box office and has raked in $AUS2.215 in New Zealand.
The Australian result sees the film top the country’s previous horror box office lead The Others, which topped $10.73 million back in 2001 and held the top spot for around fifteen years. The Blair Witch Project follows with $AUS10.24 million and Wan’s The Conjuring holds a pull of $AUS8.87 million.
In New Zealand, The Conjuring 2 surpassed Wes Craven’s 1996 classic Scream.
It’s a downright impressive result for the film, which has earned over $US315 million worldwide from a budget of $US40 million. It’s no surprise that New Line is moving ahead with a spinoff film, which will be focusing on the film’s demon nun.
Next up for Wan, whose credits include Saw, Insidious and Furious 7, is the highly anticipated DC adaptation Aquaman, set for U.S. release on July 27, 2018.