Maya Rudolph

'Annabelle: Creation' scares up a box office win as the summer season winds down

'Annabelle: Creation' scares up a box office win as the summer season winds down

Movie audiences said “hello” to a scary dolly this weekend.

The horror film “Annabelle: Creation” debuted as a winner, bringing in an estimated $35 million in its first weekend in the U.S. and Canada, above studio expectations of $25 million to $30 million and analysts’ expectations of $25 million.

“We’re absolutely thrilled and elated that audiences really embraced Annabelle,” said Jeff Goldstein, the studio’s distribution chief. “She is just one horrible doll.”

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the film, about a possessed doll that terrorizes families, is a prequel to 2014’s “Annabelle” — which opened to $37.1 million and was itself a prequel to 2013’s hit “The...

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