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Weekend Estimates: The Conjuring is a smash, R.I.P.D. bombs big time

Horror film "The Conjuring" hit #1 this weekend, making an estimated $41.5 million, with animated flicks "Dispicable Me 2" ($25 million) and "Turbo" ($21.5 million) rounding out the top 3.

"Grown Ups 2" continues to astound intelligent people by making tons of money -- it earned $20 million to land at #4.

"Red 2" ($18.5 million) underperformed at #5 compared to the original 2010 "Red," which opened at #2 with a take of $21.7 million.

But the big news was the staggering failure of "R.I.P.D.": the $130 million would-be blockbuster opened at #7, with a take of only $12.7 million. It's the fourth $100 million plus blockbuster in as many weekends to flop with audiences, following the failure of such high profile films as "White House Down," "The Lone Ranger" and "Pacific Rim" (which landed at #6 this weekend, with a take of $15.9 million).

by David O. Selznickreply 7807/31/2013

Red 2? So now Hollywood thinks that even movies targeted towards adults have to be based on comic books? Pitiful.

by David O. Selznickreply 107/21/2013

[quote]Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Adam Sandler has taken Mencken's statement to the bank. The trailer for his latest looks painfully unfunny.

by David O. Selznickreply 207/21/2013

With the way Green Lantern flopped two years ago I can't believe somebody actually approved another $130 million movie starring Ryan Reynolds.

by David O. Selznickreply 307/21/2013

What's sad in that list, is that "Pacific Rim" did NOT deserve to bomb. It's a really well made movie that's a lot of fun... unlike The Lone Ranger and R.I.P.D.

If you ever enjoyed Godzilla-type movies when you were a kid, you owe yourself to check out "Pacific Rim". It's a great throw-back/homage, and a lot of fun as long as you haven't suffocated or murdered your inner child.

by David O. Selznickreply 407/21/2013

I want to see "The Conjuring." Any DLers have a review?

by David O. Selznickreply 507/21/2013

r4, I would've liked "Pacific Rim" a lot more if a) I could've seen the monsters -- they're filmed in rainy darkness so I never got a grasp on what they really looked like and b) the speaker-exploding sound effects didn't drown out the dialogue -- half the time, I had no idea what was happening.

by David O. Selznickreply 607/21/2013

Ben Mankiewicz, Alonso Duralde, and Christy LeMire of What the Flick? loved it (some NSFW comments):

by David O. Selznickreply 707/21/2013

I guess Steven Spielberg is right. They are releasing too many films at once, and audiences will pay for films that are worth the $$$. I guess that today's audiences will watch stupid comedies and cartoons these days.

by David O. Selznickreply 807/21/2013

R6, I'd blame the theater you were at rather than the movie. I saw the monsters just fine, and had no problems with the sound.

If you saw it in 3D that could be part of your problem... 3D dims the picture, and many theaters dim their bulbs to make them last longer, so you get a really muddy picture.

I saw it in 2D, and it was great. Yes, it was at night in the rain most of the time, but you could still clearly see everything.

by David O. Selznickreply 907/21/2013

Saw Pacific Rim last night...in 2d which is the way Del Toro preferred it to be seen.....awesome fun flick....great style, colors, wit, just a whole lotta fun...and the monsters were just fine!

by David O. Selznickreply 1007/21/2013

"a lot of fun as long as you haven't suffocated or murdered your inner child."

As the box office returns from most of the big movies of the summer have proved, this is not a problem in America.

by David O. Selznickreply 1107/21/2013

Is The Conjuring the best horror film since Poltergeist?

by David O. Selznickreply 1207/21/2013

Didn't like Pacific Rim...too dark and very LOUD. Though, I did like the actor Charlie Hunnam.

by David O. Selznickreply 1307/21/2013

No, R11, but it's frequently a problem here in this forum.

by David O. Selznickreply 1407/21/2013

r9, nope, I saw it in 2D. I really like del Toro, so I was looking forward to this -- but the paper thin characters and the massive sound drowning out the dialogue really muted my potential enjoyment of the film.

Also, everybody's inner child is different. I was never much into the Godzilla or any of the 50s radiation monster flicks as a kid -- I was more into the 70s disaster flicks.

by David O. Selznickreply 1507/21/2013

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by David O. Selznickreply 1607/21/2013

I hope the success of The Conjuring issues in a new era of smart, well-made horror films. The Woman in Black, Insidious, and The Conjuring are all good movies.

by David O. Selznickreply 1807/21/2013

James Wan is gay and a very successful Hollywood director, yet nobody here talks about him.

by David O. Selznickreply 1907/21/2013

I am glad these stupid, childish, noisy movies-by-committee are finally tanking en masse.

by David O. Selznickreply 2007/21/2013

Have there been more flops this season then normal?

After Earth

Lone Ranger

White House Down

RIPD

Pacific Rim

by David O. Selznickreply 2107/21/2013

Speaking of The Conjuring (saw it yesterday and loved it), why does poor Lilly Taylor seem to always play sad, dark characters?

Has she ever been in a comedy? I always feel so sorry for her characters and I'm not sure it's intended to be that way. Just something about her. No matter what she's in, I always expect her to die.

by David O. Selznickreply 2207/21/2013

In other news, you can now carry around several really good movies in a portable media player. These movies are satisfying and plentiful.

by David O. Selznickreply 2307/21/2013

The Conjuring is very good. Scary with well- developed tension and story. Nice nods to earlier haunted house movies as well.

Is James Wan out? I always thought he might be but never heard he came out.

by David O. Selznickreply 2407/21/2013

How come we can't see the budget for Monsters U on Box Office Mojo?

by David O. Selznickreply 2507/21/2013

r25, I don't know; there are several films on the list where Box Office Mojo doesn't have the budget: MU, The Way Way Back, Fruitvale Station, Girl Most Likely, Only God Forgives.... Maybe it wasn't provided?

by David O. Selznickreply 2607/21/2013

Pacific Rim is bombing because people don't want to pay $15 to see a $180 million dollar episode of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which it is.

by David O. Selznickreply 2707/21/2013

I'm always curious about the budget when it comes to animated films because they do so love their slave labor.

by David O. Selznickreply 2807/21/2013

r21, that's a good question. I know there have been summers with flops before, but this is a string of HUGE flops with major stars (Will Smith, Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp); Jeff Bridges is an acclaimed, Oscar winning actor, but he's never been a major A+++ star like those guys, and Ryan Reynolds has yet to carry a movie on his own, so he's B list at best; Pacific Rim had a group of solid actors (Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman), but they're not stars (yet).

Conversely, you can't say that star power is totally dead: clearly the success of Grown Ups 2 is due to the enduring (and mysterious) popularity of Adam Sandler; The Heat is Sandra Bullock's 6th $100 million + grosser and Melissa McCarthy's 3rd; Brad Pitt's star power certainly helped World War Z become a success; Robert Downey, Jr., continued his box-office streak with Iron Man 3; and Now You See Me combined a cast of rising stars (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent) with known character actors (Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman).

by David O. Selznickreply 2907/21/2013

I never thought the conjuring would brake out as it has. Especially since "You're Next" and "Insidious 2" were supposed to be the two acclaimed horror films of the year, both coming out later this year.

I mean seriously! Who would have predicted two horror films to be screenplay contenders?? :o

You're Next seems like a just another slasher film, but all I hear is raves about the screenplay. What a strange year.

by David O. Selznickreply 3007/21/2013

Now Insidious 2 has more of a following, so I can actually see this thing showing up at The Spirit Awards or The critics awards. But Oscars? really?

by David O. Selznickreply 3107/21/2013

You're Next

by David O. Selznickreply 3207/21/2013

I have no idea whether this is true or not, but for some reason this did make me laugh:

"Pacific Rim is bombing because people don't want to pay $15 to see a $180 million dollar episode of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which it is."

by David O. Selznickreply 3307/21/2013

On a side note, I saw Ryan Reynolds shilling for RIPD on a couple of morning chat shows.

The pinging could be heard from outer space. Merciful heavens!

by David O. Selznickreply 3407/21/2013

Horror films frequently do well the first weekend and get the top spot. So no one should be surprised by THE CONJURING, which also benefitted from generally good reviews.

I saw it, and while it's a lot of fun, it's really not that different from his INSIDIOUS films other than the angle with the Warrens. It also becomes a bit absurd once you get to the climax, but Lily Taylor's and Vera Farmiga's performances help.

I wasn't that impressed with INSIDIOUS - that film became almost idiotic in the final section. I hope the sequel is better.

by David O. Selznickreply 3507/21/2013

[quote]On a side note, I saw Ryan Reynolds shilling for RIPD on a couple of morning chat shows.

Ryan did say that it's one of the best SciFi films you will ever see. I hope he plays the gay Lantern next.

by David O. Selznickreply 3607/21/2013

"The Woman in Black"

I finally watched my tape of this last night. The lead guy is cute and the woman's evil face creeped me out. An interesting plot. Very good film.

by David O. Selznickreply 3707/21/2013

I liked it, because it had that old fashion horror feel to it. That's why The Woman In The Black worked.

by David O. Selznickreply 3807/21/2013

I think it was produced by Hammer Films, they know how to make great horror.

by David O. Selznickreply 3907/21/2013

It's "Woman In Black"

by David O. Selznickreply 4007/21/2013

I didn't really like The Conjuring that much, it was about demons, not ghost. I wanted a ghost story.

by David O. Selznickreply 4107/21/2013

"Sinister" was a great overlooked horror film.

by David O. Selznickreply 4207/21/2013

James Wan? Well if he's gay, don't expect people on this board to support him, it won't happen. Too much jealousy, I guess.

Anyway, they don't support gay directors or gay writers.

by David O. Selznickreply 4307/21/2013

You forgot actors. Plenty on here have nothing but disdain for out actors.

by David O. Selznickreply 4407/21/2013

It's a pity "Pacific Rim" isn't doing well, because it's fun and Guillermo Del Toro is going to suffer for it.

by David O. Selznickreply 4507/22/2013

I saw Red 2 this weekend. Total popcorn flick. Highly entertaining, but highly forgettable. Just like the first one, which I remember enjoying a lot, but can hardly remember any specifics.

by David O. Selznickreply 4607/22/2013

I also saw "20 Feet From Stardom", the documentary about background singers, and it was fantastic.

But, it could be an entire series, not just a movie, as they hardly touched on all of the major background singers who have existed over the years.

Seeing all of the practice sessions and clips of the live performances made me realize what an art live music is and how much of today's music (which often doesn't want to pay for live background singers) sucks.

by David O. Selznickreply 4707/22/2013

Big horror fan. Was lucky enough to be in a generation that actually made scary movies. There hasn't been a really scary movie in at least ten years. It amazes me as what apsses for horror today.

It all started with "The Blair Witch Project". I saw it opening weekend in it's exclusive premiere engagement in NYC before any of the hype and sat there waiting, and waiting and then the credits rolled. WTF? I don't understand how anyone was scared at any of the Paranormal Activity's. Zero tension. "Insidious"? Really? Or you get the Saws and Hostels Torture porn which is just boring. However "The Conjuring" actually does look good.

by David O. Selznickreply 4807/22/2013

"Insidious" sucked and "Woman in Black" has absolutely nothing on the play. If these and those abysmal "Paranormal Activity" movies are what passes for smart horror these days, I'll just have to stay home.

by David O. Selznickreply 4907/22/2013

Most adults have in home theaters now and don't need to pay 15 dollars for a movie (usually at least twice that since people seldom go alone) plus another 50 for popcorn and soda.

The movies are now used to occupy children, sort of a baby sitter, which is why it's always animation that does so well.

by David O. Selznickreply 5007/22/2013

r50, I go to the movies 2, sometimes 3 times a week with a friend here in Dallas.

We go to the arthouse/indie/foreign flicks usually on the weekend, a matinee: $8.50 for an adult ticket, no concessions.

We go to the mainstream movies during the week, as there is a cinema that has a $6.75 ticket Monday through Thursday, all day long. Again, no concessions.

People who bitch about the "cost" of movies don't know how to do it. Seriously, compared to live theater, concerts, sports events, etc., movies are incredibly inexpensive.

by David O. Selznickreply 5107/22/2013

Well, R51, it's not just the cost from what I hear. People are rude and chat during the movie or put their feet on the seat in front of them or the theaters are sticky, etc.

Of course many adults still go to the movies, but as an overall trend we can clearly see that it tends to be kid friendly films that pull in the super big bucks.

by David O. Selznickreply 5207/22/2013

[quote]Patrick Wilson really needs to stop doing horror.

Are you kidding? he keeps having box office hits with them. Why should he stop?

by David O. Selznickreply 5307/22/2013

[quote]a lot of fun as long as you haven't suffocated or murdered your inner child... it's frequently a problem here in this forum.

Asinine statement. If DL proves anything, it's the failure of most gay men to develop an adult level of taste in anything.

by David O. Selznickreply 5407/22/2013

[quote]"Insidious" sucked and "Woman in Black" has absolutely nothing on the play. If these and those abysmal "Paranormal Activity" movies are what passes for smart horror these days, I'll just have to stay home.

You won't be missed.

by David O. Selznickreply 5507/22/2013

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by David O. Selznickreply 5607/22/2013

[quote]Big horror fan. Was lucky enough to be in a generation that actually made scary movies. There hasn't been a really scary movie in at least ten years. It amazes me as what apsses for horror today.

What generation are you talking about? The Exorcist, Halloween, and Poltergeist were the only truly frightening horror movies from the 70s and 80s. Other movies from that era had their moments, but none were as consistently good as these three.

I think we're in a new era of well-made and truly scary horror films. Woman in Black and The Conjuring are damn good movies. I look forward to Insidious 2.

by David O. Selznickreply 5707/22/2013

I'm bummed about PACIFIC RIM at the box office. It was truly excellent, probably the best film of the summer so far, in my opinion. Haven't seen THE CONJURING yet, but I probably will some time this week.

by David O. Selznickreply 5807/22/2013

If you don't like the ticket prices, don't go on weekend nights. You can get weekday matinee tickets for as low as four dollars, weekday evening shows for six.

by David O. Selznickreply 5907/22/2013

The star of the movie no longer has any impact on its box office. If Will Smith can't put butts in seats anymore, no once can.

It astonishes me that people continue to talk about movies this way.

by David O. Selznickreply 6007/22/2013

I watched V/H/S on Netflix and got physically ill because of the jarring camera work. I had to stop the video, during the last 30 minutes. Can someone tell me about the ending?

by David O. Selznickreply 6107/22/2013

R54 brutally murdered his inner child, and is no fun for anyone to be around.

by David O. Selznickreply 6207/22/2013

[quote]What generation are you talking about? The Exorcist, Halloween, and Poltergeist were the only truly frightening horror movies from the 70s and 80s. Other movies from that era had their moments, but none were as consistently good as these three.

Yeah, that's the time I'm talking about. I was in the first couples of rows in an upper east side theater in NYC when "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" came to town and I turned around and saw adults cowering down in their seats. It is now part of the permanent collection of New York City's Museum of Modern Art.

I saw people run out of "The Exorcist" and "Evil Dead". I'll include "Alien" and "Night Of The Living Dead".

I saw them as they were meant to be seen, on a big screen, in a dark room with a group of strangers sharing the experience. Today's are just boring.

by David O. Selznickreply 6307/22/2013

r60, please see my comment up at r29:

Conversely, you can't say that star power is totally dead: clearly the success of Grown Ups 2 is due to the enduring (and mysterious) popularity of Adam Sandler; The Heat is Sandra Bullock's 6th $100 million + grosser and Melissa McCarthy's 3rd; Brad Pitt's star power certainly helped World War Z become a success; Robert Downey, Jr., continued his box-office streak with Iron Man 3; and Now You See Me combined a cast of rising stars (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent) with known character actors (Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman).

by David O. Selznickreply 6407/22/2013

Cinemark Theatres matinees here are $4.25. $2.00 more for 3D.

by David O. Selznickreply 6507/22/2013

James Wan has been tabbed to do the next "Fast & Furious" sequel, so I cannot imagine him coming out anytime soon.

by David O. Selznickreply 6607/22/2013

So, I saw THE CONJURING. I don't get the fuss. It was good, but entirely lacking of anything special. I sort of feel like since there's such a lack of good horror movies in the last decade, when something mediocre rather than terrible comes out, everyone creams their panties over it. Even INSIDIOUS will manage to be more iconic.

I did like Wilson and Farminga as the Warrens, though. Smart casting.

by David O. Selznickreply 6707/23/2013

R67 I agree. Good actors but the filmmaking was uninspired.

by David O. Selznickreply 6807/23/2013

"Speaking of The Conjuring (saw it yesterday and loved it), why does poor Lilly Taylor seem to always play sad, dark characters?

Has she ever been in a comedy?"

She was in Say Anything, which was a romantic comedy.

But she was still playing a sad, dark character.

by David O. Selznickreply 6907/23/2013

I can't look at Taylor without seeing crazy ass Lisa from Six Feet Under.

by David O. Selznickreply 7007/23/2013

Yeah, I saw The Conjuring tonight. I thought it was pretty good -- there were a few great jump scares and I loved the production design (the clothes, cars, coffee cups, it was SO 1971) -- but it wasn't the all-out scarefest some critics are saying it is.

It was nice to see John Brotherton (ex-Jared from OLTL), though. He totally rocked that pornstache.

by David O. Selznickreply 7107/23/2013

Whenever people bitch about rising movie prices, many also bitch about the insane cost of concessions and say something like "with popcorn and soda, it costs $50 to go to the movies [for two people."

But, why do you have to eat? It's like 2 hours. Does it really matter for the enjoyment of the movie?

by David O. Selznickreply 7207/24/2013

I loved The Conjuring. Finally, a horror film that relied on genuine scares rather than endless blood and gore. Lots of screaming from the audience. Great set design, great costumes, and some great acting, especially from the two leading ladies.

"Let's play hide and clap!"

by David O. Selznickreply 7307/24/2013

[quote]But, why do you have to eat? It's like 2 hours. Does it really matter for the enjoyment of the movie?

For many yes, it does add to the enjoyment. Concessions have been sold in theaters since the beginning.

by David O. Selznickreply 7407/24/2013

Wan is terrific. I've never heard any gay rumors. His Aussie partner in crime is hot as fuck!!!

by David O. Selznickreply 7507/24/2013

At least Lilly Taylor finally got in a good horror movie, to make up for that atrocious The Haunting remake. She really sold out on that one, surely one of her biggest paychecks but such a terrible movie.

by David O. Selznickreply 7607/24/2013

"The Conjuring" was extremely mediocre - it had zero pacing or suspense. Within the first 10 minutes demons are flying about and the family dog is dead. Yawn. I spent the last 30 minutes looking at my watch as the mother got posessed for the umpteenth time and started vomiting CGI blood and speaking in tongues.

The only bright spots were the performances by Wilson and Farmiga. They're so much more subtle and understated than the hammy script and direction. It's almost like they're acting in a different movie.

I honestly feel that people have become accustomed to shoddy horror films. Review the classics in the genre (Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Haunting, etc.) and then look at this turd. It's tedious, obvious, and gratuitous.

by David O. Selznickreply 7707/30/2013

r19- Where do you get that Wan is gay? I can guarantee you he's not, without getting into too much detail, sraey net rof mih nwonk e'vI.

by David O. Selznickreply 7807/31/2013
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