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‘Conjuring’ tops box office as people return to theaters post-pandemic

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It was a scary good weekend for horror sequels at the box office as movie-goers return to theaters while COVID-19 pandemic restrictions subside.

“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” took the top spot for the week with a $24 million haul, ousting last week’s leader “A Quiet Place Part II,” which took in $20 million this week and $88.6 million over two weeks, according to Comscore.

Disney’s “Cruella” was third with $11.2 million domestically and “Spirit Untamed” took in $6.2 million for the fourth spot in its opening weekend. “Cruella” has had $43.6 million in total domestically, Comcast said.

“Raya and the Last Dragon,” another Disney film, was fifth for the week with $1.3 million, and $53.5 million since its opening.

The third installment of “The Conjuring” – and the first not directed by James Wan – reportedly had the biggest opening of an R-rated movie in the pandemic era. After a strong Memorial Day weekend and several big name movies being released, the industry is hoping its in the midst of a post-pandemic rebound.

The movie industry was ravaged by the pandemic restrictions and major studios grew gun shy about releasing moves during the height of the