Annabelle: Creation–Dominates Box Office

“Annabelle: Creation,” from New Line and Warner, the fourth installment in the “Conjuring” extended universe, earned $35 million from 3,502 locations, an impressive figure considering its low budget of $15 million.

The track record for the franchise is strong:

“Annabelle” ($37.1 million);

“The Conjuring” ($41.9 million);

“The Conjuring 2” ($40.4 million).

David F. Sandberg directed the sequel about a dollmaker whose creation terrorizes a group of orphan girls. For those invested in the “Conjuring” canon, it serves as a prequel to the first “Annabelle.” Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto star in the pic that critics have generally given a thumbs up to (it currently has an 68% on Rotten Tomatoes).