Though it may be Comic-Con weekend, that doesn’t mean there aren’t new movies. In fact there’s four: Turbo, R.I.P.D., Red 2, and The Conjuring. You might even say it’s a weekend for films to be dumped off.
Of the four, it will be interesting to see if The Conjuring can top Turbo. It won’t make much of a difference in the scheme of things because The Conjuring was that much cheaper, and should be a win by the end of the weekend, but if it can take the top spot, or be the highest grossing new release, then it’s something of a monster hit. Both should do in the high 20′s for the weekend.
And Red 2 has enough star power, and the film itself is okay enough that it should have a solid showing. In some ways it feels like a film more crafted for international audiences, but a good $20 Million or over bow looks good for what it is.
But then there’s that R.I.P.D., which never built hype, and is coming out the weekend in which genre fans are more tuned into what’s happening in San Diego than they are the movie theaters. And this is the weekend they’re releasing a film starring Jeff Bridges (great actor, never a box office draw) and Ryan Reynolds? On top of which most critics screenings are tonight. That’s right, they’re only screening it the day before release. No one sets out to make a bad movie, but sometimes studios don’t give a film much of a chance. Maybe this should have come out in September.
- So let’s make some predictions:
- The Conjuring – $30 Million
- Turbo - $27.5 Million
- Despicable Me 2 – $23.7 Million
- Red 2 – $21.3 Million
- Grown Ups 2 – $17.5 Million
I feel like The Conjuring could go higher. It’s just that kind of movie.
What are you watching this weekend?