Box Office: Ryan Reynolds, Retired Spooks Scared Straight by The Conjuring

The Conjuring (2013) Movie PosterRyan Reynolds hasn’t exactly had an easy time of it at the box office, but you would think that with two movies opening up on the same weekend, he might somehow (perhaps through creative math) end up in first place this time. That, alas, didn’t happen, and Reynolds’ two films, the CG animated movie “Turbo” and the comic book adaptation “R.I.P.D.” both failed to crack the top spot in their debuts. Even worse, the two films combined didn’t even come close to taking #1 from James Wan’s low-budget spookfest “The Conjuring”, which haunted audiences to the tune of $41 million in its debut, easily taking the box office crown.

Wan’s old-fashioned haunted house movie cost only $20 million to make, utilizing very few stars, but was backed by a huge promotional campaign. The fact that the film’s trailers were creepy as hell probably didn’t hurt, either. The movie has gotten strong reviews, which should bode well for Wan’s “Insidious Chapter 2”, another similarly themed/budgeted flick set for this September (and also starring “The Conjuring’s” Patrick Wilson). The two horror films will mark Wan’s last “low-budget” movies for a while, as the director will be kicking it up a notch in terms of budget and star power when he helms the next “Fast and Furious” installment.

But back to Ryan Reynolds. It hasn’t exactly been a good year for the guy, with his last hit being “Safe House”, and let’s face it, that was more because of Denzel Washington than Reynolds. He also had a hit with “The Croods”, but again, that was less about Reynolds and more about the premise/movie. “R.I.P.D.”, which co-stars Jeff Bridges, features Reynolds heavily as the hero, which might explain why it opened in a disappointing 7th place with $12 million in its debut. “Turbo”, a film that relied less on Reynolds’ presence, opened in 3rd place with $21.5 million. In total, the two Ryan Reynolds movies opened around $34 million over the weekend … about $7 million less than “The Conjuring”. And oh yeah, did I mention that “R.I.P.D.” cost a whopping $130 million just to make? Yikes. Better pray for those overseas box office, guys.

Mary Louise Parker, Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D. (2013) Movie Image

“What are you talking about, Ryan? Moviegoers love you, man!”

The weekend’s other newcomer, Summit’s “Red 2” opened in 5th place with $18.5 million, trailing behind “The Conjuring” and “Turbo”, along with “Grown Ups 2” (in its second week) and “Despicable Me 2”, which finally relented the top spot to “The Conjuring” and fell one spot to #2 in its third week. “Red 2” is a bit of a disappointment, its $18.5 trailing behind the first movie, which opened to $28 million 3 years ago and went on to become a surprise hit for Summit, earning just south of $200 million when all was said and done. I think it’s safe to say “Red 2” is probably not going anywhere near those final numbers, which probably means this is the end for the franchise. (Probably, but you never know.)

For fans of Guillermo del Toro’s monsters vs. robots smash’em up “Pacific Rim”, there are good news. After stumbling out of the gate and continuing to falter at the domestic box office, the big-budgeted film has, predictably, done well overseas. The movie has now made $178 million worldwide in just two weeks, a very healthy $110 million of that coming from overseas box office. Still, the film has a pretty hefty production price tag of $190 million, so it’ll have to continue doing well in the coming weeks to brush aside the smell of disaster. It’s entirely possible. Just look at “World War Z”. Everyone thought that movie was dead on arrival given all of its production troubles, but the movie has now earned $456 million worldwide from a $190 million budget.

In other news, Adam Sandler’s ensemble buddy comedy “Grown Ups 2” continues to chug right along, defying critical reviews to the tune of $88 million in two weeks of release. The film should continue to do reasonably well Stateside, but like most comedies, probably won’t perform nearly as well overseas. “The Lone Ranger” and “White House Down”, meanwhile, continue to flounder mightily, with the expensive Johnny Depp western currently at $147 million worldwide after 3 weeks, and the Roland Emmerich actioner still trying to break the $100 million mark worldwide after 4 weeks. Amazingly, the film has done very poorly overseas, with less than $24 million coming from foreign ticket sales. And yes, I’m still trying to wrack my mind why this movie cost $150 million to make. Put the blame on the studio for allowing something ridiculous like that to take happen.

Salma Hayek, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Maria Bello, David Spade and Kevin James in Grown Ups 2 (2013) Movie Image

Adam Sandler laughs at you, movie critics. He laughs right in…your…FACE! Booyah!

Via : Box Office Mojo