Box Office: “Conjuring” explodes, “Warcraft” wanes, even “Now You See Me” clears $20


conjur1On paper, it looks like one of the worst weekends for movies of the summer.

But darned if a horror sequel, a failed video game adaptation and a Jesse Eisenberg magic caper dramedy (sequel) didn’t push to the top of the box office mountain.

Kudos to Box Office Mojo for calling “Conjuring 2” right on the money. I figured that horror ceiling of upper $20s was working against it. But no. Based on late Thursday and al-day Friday numbers, it will hit $37 million. Not a bad picture, either.

“Warcraft” sucks. A dreary orcs vs. humans war bore that has what look like elves and dwarves peopling the edge of several scenes, it seems to hit the high spots of the enduring game franchise, push for pathos here and there, and spend an absurd amount of time with wizards and warlocks and portals and other supernatural jiggery pokery upsetting the balance of things. All animated orcs and dwarves and elves and Paula Patton as a sexy “half-breed.” Not my thing. It’s headed toward $26 million.

“Now You See Me” was an unlikely hit a few years ago, and the sequel opened big enough to not be labeled a flop. But this Eisenberg, Harrelson, Caine, Freeman, Ruffalo and Dave Franco franchise won’t come near earning what the original did. A $22 million opening, it’ll be lucky to hit $40.

Last week’s box office leader, those “Mutant Ninja Turtles,” fell off a cliff — a 70% plunge in receipts. Their finale tally, when they lose all their screens within a week or two, should be in the $75 range.

That’s about where “Alice Through the Looking Glass” will wind up. Dying quickly.

“Angry Birds” will clear $100 million by Tuesday at the latest.

“Popstar,” “Neighbors 2,” “Lobster,” all dying off.




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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