Weekend Box Office: “Conjuring” a hit, “Turbo” a flop — “R.I.P.D.” a disaster

ImageThose box office prognosticators who read the tracking, and recent trends such as the success of “The Purge” and predicted “The Conjuring” would blow up this weekend were on the money. Hats off to Box Office Mojo, in other words.

The demonic possession thriller from the team that made “Insidious” has a $40 million opening weekend hit on its hands. Wow. After “Saw” and “Insidious”, James Wan is the new John Carpenter. He has “Insidious 2” in the can, and he’s the director of the next “Fast & Furious” film.

But “Conjuring”? Decent enough, but I didn’t see that coming. Biggest horror opening ever?

“Turbo” will make most of its money Saturday, but based on Friday’s numbers, it had better make a lot. It could open at $19, and that just isn’t going to cut it with a big budget animated film with Dreamworks’ reputation riding on it. That’s bad. The middling reviews didn’t help. It will have made $28 million or so since Wednesday. I wonder if the Wed. opening hurt?

Not as bad as “R.I.P.D.”, which has zero buzz, bad reviews and not much else going for it. $12 million? That’s how it looks.

“RED 2”, based on the decent box office, brand name and home video popularity of the first film, should have opened bigger than $18 million. That’s what this weekend looks like for it, though.

“Despicable Me 2” is still making buckets of money, “The Heat” is close to $130 million, “Grown Ups 2″ should reach $100 million by the end of the month,”Pacific Rim” will NOT hit $100 million.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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