Annabelle took first place at the international box office with $26.5 million this weekend.
The prequel to The Conjuring opened to a stunning $11.7 million in Mexico. That’s the biggest debut ever for a horror movie, and ranks third for the year behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Mexico is already the movie’s highest-grossing market ahead of fellow Latin American territory Brazil ($11.5 million).
So far, Annabelle has earned an impressive $126.7 million overseas. The Conjuring ended its overseas run at $181 million; that now looks like a reasonable goal for Annabelle as well.
Annabelle is an American supernatural horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, produced by James Wan, and written by Gary Dauberman. It is both a prequel to and spin-off of The Conjuring. The film stars Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard, and was released worldwide on October 3, 2014.
Annabelle premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on September 29, 2014