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'Annabelle' scares up $35M, jolting sleepy box office

This image released by Warner Bros Pictures shows Lulu Wilson in "Annabelle: Creation." (Warner Brothers Pictures via AP) Source: The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The "Conjuring" spinoff "Annabelle: Creation" scared up an estimated $35 million in North American theaters over the weekend, making it easily the top film and giving the lagging August box office a shot in the arm.

The opening came close to matching the film's predecessor, "Annabelle," which opened with $37.1 million in October 2014. Warner Bros. could celebrate not only the month's biggest debut but also

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