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'The Conjuring' franchise crosses the billion-dollar milestone at worldwide box office

UPI News Service, 08/20/2017 

"The Conjuring" universe of supernatural horror films has crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.

The release of the latest installment -- "Annabelle: Creation," which has thus far earned more than $110 million globally -- helped the franchise achieve the milestone.

Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, announced the achievement Friday.

"We are thrilled with the success of 'Annabelle: Creation' and enormously proud to continue bringing this hugely popular Conjuring franchise to theaters everywhere," Kroll said in a statement.

"We congratulate our colleagues at New Line Cinema, our astute marketing and distribution teams, and everyone who put their collective creative energies together to tell such wonderfully frightening stories for movie audiences around the world to enjoy."

Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, added: "This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of New Line, and without question, the horror genre has always been an integral and important part of the company's DNA. While the genre has certainly evolved over the decades, watching the critical and commercial success of the Conjuring universe has been truly spectacular and I am incredibly proud of all the talented people involved in making this happen."

"The Nun," which is based on a character in "The Conjuring 2," is due in theaters July 13, 2018. Also in the works are "The Conjuring 3" and the spinoff "The Crooked Man."

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