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Weekend B.O. July 19-21 ('Conjuring' Scores, 'R.I.P.D.' Tanks, 'Fruitvale' Stays Strong)

Box Office
by Sergio
July 21, 2013 12:10 PM
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This weekend once again proves that, when you come right down to it, it’s character and story that matter, not how many CGI effects you can cram into a film.

The Conjuring, the very modestly budgeted ($19 million) horror film without big name stars, directed by James Wan (Insidious, Saw), was the No.1 film this weekend, with just over $41 million.

Warners evidently knew what they had after some incredibly strong advance test screenings, and pushed the release of the film back from its originally planned February release date, to this summer.

The R-rated film is also unusual in the fact that there’s no gore or explicit violence in it, but got its rating because the MPAA felt the film too “too intense and too scary.

On the other hand, Universal’s R.I.P.D. joins the ever growing list of big budget summer flops, opening with a dismal $12.7 million, compared to the film’s $150+ million production cost. With every disaster like this, Steven Spielberg’s dire prediction of a film industry collapse because of  the steady stream of super expensive, big budget flops crippling the film business looks closer to becoming a reality every week.

In the case of R.I.P.D  the film went through several production and release delays and the advance word was never good on the film. And the fact that the studio held media screenings the day before the film’s release, is always a sign that the studio knows it has a stinker on its hands.

Fortunately for Universal, Despicable Me 2 is still going strong, becoming the highest grossing animated film domestically so far this year, and has already passed the half billion dollar mark worldwide.

Pacific Rim took a huge drop this weekend and will limp to maybe a $100 million gross domestically. It’s going to take the overseas B.O. figures to determine if the $180 million film eventually makes a profit.

As for Fruitvale Station, the film expanded this weekend from 7 screens to 34 screens, with a weekend total of $742,000  and has grossed, to date, $1,334,000. With a per screen average of $21,824, the film still has the highest per screen average of any film currently playing.

1) The Conjuring WB $41,530,000 
2) Despicable Me 2 Uni. $25,059,000 Total: $276,159,000 
3) Turbo Fox $21,500,000 Total: $31,203,000 
4) Grown Ups 2 Sony $20,000,000 Total: $79,500,000 
5) Red 2 LG/S $18,500,000 
6) Pacific Rim WB $15,955,000 Total: $68,235,000 
7) R.I.P.D. Uni. $12,763,000 
8) The Heat Fox $9,325,000 Total: $129,292,000 
9)  World War Z Par. $5,200,000 Total: $186,941,000 
10) Monsters University BV $5,005,000 Total: $248,998,000 
11) The Lone Ranger BV $4,260,000 Total: $81,171,000 
12) White House Down Sony $2,400,000 Total: $68,453,000 
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  • Donella | July 21, 2013 9:58 PMReply

    How many comic book/graphic novel characters has Ryan Reynolds dragged to the depths? Nightstalkers from Blade, Deadpool from X-Men, Green Lantern. Now this. How many graphic novels will be sacrificed and burned? I think he's even doing a Deadpool spin-off. Ugh... Stop it, Ryan Reynolds.

  • michele | July 22, 2013 8:59 AM

    So true, Donella. I don't think Ryan is a leading man. He has that Vince Vaughn thing going on where he can only play one character.

  • ALM | July 21, 2013 11:45 PM

    Ryan is yet another example of a point that I have made here before. Hollywood gives certain actors tons of opportunities to make flops, and yet they keep on hiring those actors. See also Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston's careers.

  • Qstorm | July 21, 2013 4:59 PMReply

    Anybody surprised that R.I.P.D. tanked, given it's a blatant ripoff of Men In Black and Jeff Bridges embarrasses himself by essentially playing Rooster Cogburn from 2010, needs to stop seeing movies.

  • sergio | July 22, 2013 7:32 AM

    No film is original, but The Conjuring which is, like you said is every haunted house movie ever made with some Exorcist thrown in, is very well done for that type of film

  • Miles Ellison | July 21, 2013 11:58 PM

    True enough. But the #1 film, The Conjuring, was basically a ripoff of the Amityville Horror and about 100 other bad haunted house movies. Bad acting and a lack of originality are not always barriers to box office success. There's no telling what crap people will actually watch.

  • Ghost | July 21, 2013 2:16 PMReply

    Some of those movie ideas were just stupid and had no business being green lighted. Others were victims of flavor of the moment casting.

  • Solaam | July 21, 2013 1:14 PMReply

    Speilberg's prediction will come true if studios keep investing in Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch and Armie Hammer, without them proving themselves.
    Hollywood is so desperate for new stars that they keep hyping these dudes.
    Eventually, they go back to the old faithfuls... Pitt, Cruise, Clooney, Bullock, etc.

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