Box Office: ‘Conjuring’ Buries Competition, Including Newest Bomb ‘R.I.P.D.’

Originally posted on Variety:

The summer’s lengthy list of box office misfires welcomed a new film to its ranks this weekend — Universal’s “R.I.P.D.,” which cost $130 million to produce and opened with a dismal $12.8 million domestically. Though on the hits side, Warner Bros.-New Line’s low-budget scarer, “The Conjuring,” overperformed with a stellar estimated $41.5 million through Sunday.

“The Conjuring,” which was made for just $20 million, was the brightest spot during a weekend of mostly underperformers. Fox’s second DreamWorks Animation release, “Turbo,” got off to a disappointing start, earning just $21.5 million in three days, with $31.2 million in five. The toon marks one of the lowest three-day openings for a recent DWA CGI-animated film.

Also, Lionsgate-Summit’s “Red 2″ succumbed to the weight of an overcrowded frame, earning just $18.5 million, roughly $3 million less than its predecessor’s debut weekend in 2010.

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