‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Steals Children, Tops Box Office

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Horror has been pretty much a guaranteed money maker at the box office the last few years, and as far as Hollywood is concerned, is as hot as the genre has been in awhile. Of course, just because a film makes lots of money, doesn’t mean it’s good.

While everyone is obviously entitled to their own opinion concerning the quality of a film, it’s clear that critics didn’t care for Warner Bros./New Line’s new fright flick, The Curse of La Llorona. The film – based on a real Mexican legend – is being ripped to shreds.

Audiences, it would seem, are feeling kinder toward La Llorona, which was only recently confirmed as being a sort of stealth entry into the overall Conjuring universe. Box Office Mojo reports that it’s taken #1 at the domestic box office for its opening weekend.

The Curse of La Llorona made just over $26 million, coming in above most predictions. That’s easily the lowest opening for a Conjuring-related film, but that connection wasn’t really played up in the marketing. The film knocks Shazam! off the top spot.

Made on a budget of $9 million, The Curse of La Llorona has already scared up $56.5 million worldwide, making it an instant financial hit. Even if bad word of mouth sends it down the list next week, there’s basically no way it doesn’t end up highly profitable.