Two supernatural-themed movies hit the cineplex on Friday (July 19) and, while one was able to scare up droves of audiences and take the top spot, the other found itself an early grave.
“The Conjuring,” New Line and Warner Bros.’ horror pic starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as paranormal investigators helping a family terrorized by a malevolent force, opened to a fantastic $17 million. The film, which only cost $20 million to produce, is expected to rake in $38.2 million for the weekend.
“R.I.P.D.,” however, was quite the different scary story. The comic book adaptation starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as dead police officers who protect the living from evil spirits who refuse to move on, grossed a frightening $4.8 million, coming in at No. 6 for the day. (The film is only expected to make $12.2 million for the weekend, on a $130 million budget. Scary, indeed.)
Animated entry “Turbo” faced stiff competition from smash hit “Despicable 2,” which crossed $500 million worldwide this weekend and kept itself at No. 2 with $7.4 million on Friday. The DreamWorks Animation flick, about a racing snail, took in $6.5 million on Friday after opening on Wednesday, placing it at No. 3. “Turbo” is anticipated to make $21.4 million over the weekend.
The night’s fourth opening, “Red 2” opened below its predecessor with a middling $6.4 million, tying with “Grown Ups 2” for No. 4. The film is anticipated to fall in the $18 million range for the weekend, which is under the $21.7 million “Red” took in when it opened in 2010.