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07.21.2013

The Conjuring does scary business!

On a crowded weekend of new releases featuring A-list action and an animated snail, audiences instead flocked to the supernatural chills of THE CONJURING, putting the horror movie at the top with a shocking $41.5 million!

Based on a true story, the terrifying tale of paranormal investigators and demonic activity got the approval stamp from both critics and crowds (85% on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 'A-' CinemaScore). Already profitable on a $20M budget, it's by far the biggest opening for director James Wan (SAW, INSIDIOUS) -- at least until his FAST & FURIOUS 7 screeches into theaters next summer.

DESPICABLE ME 2 continues to have a monster summer, taking second place with another $25 million in its third weekend. The Minion-filled CG sequel is up to $276.1 million domestically (the third-biggest movie of the year after IRON MAN 3 and MAN OF STEEL), with a whopping worldwide total of $584.5 million.

Slinking in behind Gru was the original 3D computer-animated TURBO with $21.5 million (and $31.2 million since its Wednesday opening). That's not a great opening for Dreamworks' CG-toon efforts, behind even RISE OF THE GUARDIANS' disappointing $23.7 million first weekend last November. But with an 'A' CinemaScore from audiences, the Ryan Reynolds-voiced mollusk may be in it for the long haul.

Adam Sandler and his cohorts were in fourth place with another $20 million for GROWN UPS 2, dropping around 51% from its opening weekend. Bruce Willis and company weren't far behind with the new sequel RED 2, coming in fifth with $18.5 million. The second elder adventure fared better with moviegoers ('B+' CinemaScore) than critics (40% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it still came up short of the first RED, a surprise 2010 hit that opened to $21.5 million and ended with almost $200M worldwide (and cost around $25M less than the sequel).

Guillermo del Toro's epic monster-on-metal clash PACIFIC RIM placed sixth with $15.9 million, losing about 57% from its opening last week. At this rate the pricey mega-brawl will be fortunate to hit $100 million domestically, although it has already collected more than that from overseas crowds.

The new ghostbusting actioner R.I.P.D., based on a decade-old Dark Horse comic, was a cold corpse in seventh place with just $12.7 million. Perhaps the target audience was too busy following updates from this weekend's Comic Con, or maybe the movie just seemed too much like MEN IN BLACK with more spirits and less charm. Whatever the case, its steep budget (possibly as high as $180M) and neglected existence means the movie will likely be one of the year's biggest flops and a black mark for director Robert Schwentke (whose last movie, coincidentally, was the first RED).

Rounding out the list was the certified hit THE HEAT, Brad Pitt's zompocalypse WORLD WAR Z (which could eventually shamble to $500 million worldwide) and Pixar's MONSTERS UNIVERSITY. Outside the chart, THE LONE RANGER rode into the sunset after just two weeks in the Top 10, WHITE HOUSE DOWN has collapsed, KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN talked its way to $30 million, and MAN OF STEEL has returned to the Fortress of Solitude. Audiences also shrugged at Ryan Gosling's reunion with DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn -- their violent new offering ONLY GOD FORGIVES had a mere $4k per-screen average in 78 locations (it's also available via VOD).

Next weekend brings Hugh Jackman's sharp-fisted mutant anti-hero back to theaters in THE WOLVERINE, Aubrey Plaza goes through THE TO-DO LIST, and the comedy THE WAY WAY BACK expands onto a few hundred more screens.

Are you excited to check out THE WOLVERINE next weekend? VOTE HERE!

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Conjuring $41.5 M
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2. Despicable Me 2 $25 M $276.1 M
3. Turbo $21.5 M $31.2 M
4. Grown Ups 2 $20 M $79.5 M
5. Red 2 $18.5 M
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6. Pacific Rim $15.9 M $68.2 M
7. R.I.P.D. $12.7 M
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8. The Heat $9.3 M $129.2 M
9. World War Z $5.2 M $186.9 M
10. Monsters University $5 M $248.9 M

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10:59AM on 07/22/2013
Saw The Conjuring. Did NOT get all the hype. And I do not even know why it was rated R. The only deaths were the dog and bunch of birds. I thought it was technically well done, but boring and uninspired. I mean for Christsake it had a creepy doll, exorcisms, and people being being dragged around through the air - all scary movie cliches we've seen a thousand times in better movies. And RIPD... terrible looking from the start. Seventh Son, you're next on the "bombed" list.
Saw The Conjuring. Did NOT get all the hype. And I do not even know why it was rated R. The only deaths were the dog and bunch of birds. I thought it was technically well done, but boring and uninspired. I mean for Christsake it had a creepy doll, exorcisms, and people being being dragged around through the air - all scary movie cliches we've seen a thousand times in better movies. And RIPD... terrible looking from the start. Seventh Son, you're next on the "bombed" list.
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8:55AM on 07/22/2013
I caught The Conjuring last night. That movie was terrifyingly scary. With the success of this and Sinister, it's great to see GOOD R-rated horror movies dominate at the box office.
I caught The Conjuring last night. That movie was terrifyingly scary. With the success of this and Sinister, it's great to see GOOD R-rated horror movies dominate at the box office.
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5:58AM on 07/22/2013
I don't get it - I have man love for Ryan Reynolds - why do his movies flop??? He's been a favourite since I first saw him in Van Wilder. He's good looking... funny... clearly talented - is he picking the wrong projects? He played serious in Safe House...and that was great too. I saw The Proposal on TV a little while back with the misses and we both enjoyed that (Bullock and Reynolds made for a cute couple despite the obvious age gap). What's the deal with Ryan Reynolds????

Oh and I
I don't get it - I have man love for Ryan Reynolds - why do his movies flop??? He's been a favourite since I first saw him in Van Wilder. He's good looking... funny... clearly talented - is he picking the wrong projects? He played serious in Safe House...and that was great too. I saw The Proposal on TV a little while back with the misses and we both enjoyed that (Bullock and Reynolds made for a cute couple despite the obvious age gap). What's the deal with Ryan Reynolds????

Oh and I said it before...but I have no issue in saying that Green Lantern sucked big time (though I don't think that should be used against Mr Reynolds - just a bad / boring story).
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3:33AM on 07/22/2013

It just hasn't been a good couple of years for some of the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" co-stars

Even though "John Carter" & "Savages" were awesome...Taylor Kitsch sure had a shitty 2012. (Battleship was just plain BAD.)

And now it looks like Ryan Reynolds is having the same problem. Even though "The Croods" made a butt-load of cash...I think that was more of the family-driven genre rather than Reynolds' name that made bank. (and even though people still mention "Green Lantern" to this day... That wasn't totally Reynolds fault. IMO, that rests solely on the dumb-fuck studio exec's'
Even though "John Carter" & "Savages" were awesome...Taylor Kitsch sure had a shitty 2012. (Battleship was just plain BAD.)

And now it looks like Ryan Reynolds is having the same problem. Even though "The Croods" made a butt-load of cash...I think that was more of the family-driven genre rather than Reynolds' name that made bank. (and even though people still mention "Green Lantern" to this day... That wasn't totally Reynolds fault. IMO, that rests solely on the dumb-fuck studio exec's' decisions regarding the source material)
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4:39AM on 07/22/2013
I don't know. I think Green Lantern sucked all the way around. Just not good at all. There's no bright spot or silver lining in that film whatsoever.
I don't know. I think Green Lantern sucked all the way around. Just not good at all. There's no bright spot or silver lining in that film whatsoever.
9:46PM on 07/21/2013
Not too surprising about The Conjuring topping the weekend. About all we have NOT had this summer is a good horror film.
I saw RIPD and was not that bad, good popcorn film and Jeff Bridges was pretty entertaining.
Not too surprising about The Conjuring topping the weekend. About all we have NOT had this summer is a good horror film.
I saw RIPD and was not that bad, good popcorn film and Jeff Bridges was pretty entertaining.
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6:38PM on 07/21/2013
Saw Only God Forgives. I saw it in theaters and a couple walked out 15 minutes in. I know it's being trashed on a lot but I really liked it and would like to see it again to get a new perspective on some little moments that I may have missed.
Saw Only God Forgives. I saw it in theaters and a couple walked out 15 minutes in. I know it's being trashed on a lot but I really liked it and would like to see it again to get a new perspective on some little moments that I may have missed.
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6:40PM on 07/21/2013
I almost walked out of my house watching that movie. But I would like to know, what did you like about it? I want to know if I'm missing something.
I almost walked out of my house watching that movie. But I would like to know, what did you like about it? I want to know if I'm missing something.
6:06PM on 07/21/2013

Best surprise of the summer...

20 years from now people will still be talking about The Conjuring. So far it has to be my favourite movie of Summer 2013, right in front of Man of Steel.
20 years from now people will still be talking about The Conjuring. So far it has to be my favourite movie of Summer 2013, right in front of Man of Steel.
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6:47PM on 07/21/2013
Highly doubt that. But we'll see.
Highly doubt that. But we'll see.
5:36PM on 07/21/2013
Conjuring was a typical horror movie with music played to make you jump and get your emotions going. Nothing special that hasn't been done before or better. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't as good as people are making it out to be. Glad to see an R-rated horror movie on top of the charts though. And I also downloaded Only God Forgives. What a terrible waste of time. I can see why it was booed at Cannes. Fuck that movie.
Conjuring was a typical horror movie with music played to make you jump and get your emotions going. Nothing special that hasn't been done before or better. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't as good as people are making it out to be. Glad to see an R-rated horror movie on top of the charts though. And I also downloaded Only God Forgives. What a terrible waste of time. I can see why it was booed at Cannes. Fuck that movie.
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7:27PM on 07/21/2013
Dude, I know you're just racking up posts but we get it, you hated Only God Forgives. Nobody cares, so stop cluttering this place up with your drivel.
Dude, I know you're just racking up posts but we get it, you hated Only God Forgives. Nobody cares, so stop cluttering this place up with your drivel.
7:35PM on 07/21/2013
My bad, but I honestly do wanna know what people who saw it thought about it. Did you happen to see it?
My bad, but I honestly do wanna know what people who saw it thought about it. Did you happen to see it?
7:39PM on 07/21/2013
Not yet, but I've seen all but 2 of Refn's films and have rated them all 8 or up and OGF seems to be my exact cup of tea. If you didn't like it, that's okay, but I just don't see the point in asking others why they did. It's a hate it or love it film and that's exactly how it's cutting it audience up.
Not yet, but I've seen all but 2 of Refn's films and have rated them all 8 or up and OGF seems to be my exact cup of tea. If you didn't like it, that's okay, but I just don't see the point in asking others why they did. It's a hate it or love it film and that's exactly how it's cutting it audience up.
7:53PM on 07/21/2013
That's pretty spot on, it is dividing audiences, and there's nothing wrong that. But if I happened to hate a movie for particular reasons, I'm always curious to know what someone else took away from it if they enjoyed it. Let me know when you do see it, because I'd honestly like to know what you thought of it. It could compel me to watch it again and maybe see it in a new light.
That's pretty spot on, it is dividing audiences, and there's nothing wrong that. But if I happened to hate a movie for particular reasons, I'm always curious to know what someone else took away from it if they enjoyed it. Let me know when you do see it, because I'd honestly like to know what you thought of it. It could compel me to watch it again and maybe see it in a new light.
4:55PM on 07/21/2013

Few points

--Glad to see World War Z still hanging on. It was a great movie that has taught people that negative hype is sometimes off. That movie is basically a big "fuck you" to everyone in Hollywood and internet nerds who thought that film was going to bomb.

-- Very surprised how fast Lone Ranger has sunk. I still am seeing it but surprised that Depp's name didn't help that movie stay in the top ten longer than two weeks,

-- Fuck White House Down...glad that movie bombed.

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--Glad to see World War Z still hanging on. It was a great movie that has taught people that negative hype is sometimes off. That movie is basically a big "fuck you" to everyone in Hollywood and internet nerds who thought that film was going to bomb.

-- Very surprised how fast Lone Ranger has sunk. I still am seeing it but surprised that Depp's name didn't help that movie stay in the top ten longer than two weeks,

-- Fuck White House Down...glad that movie bombed.

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5:14PM on 07/21/2013
Couldn't agree more about WWZ, and White House Down. I'll never watch the Lone Ranger though. Movie looked horrible from day one.
Couldn't agree more about WWZ, and White House Down. I'll never watch the Lone Ranger though. Movie looked horrible from day one.
6:21PM on 07/21/2013
lol Fuck White House Down indeed. And Lone Ranger for that matter. Glad WWZ didn't bomb like everyone assumed/hoped it would. But where do they go with a potential sequel is what I'm asking?
lol Fuck White House Down indeed. And Lone Ranger for that matter. Glad WWZ didn't bomb like everyone assumed/hoped it would. But where do they go with a potential sequel is what I'm asking?
4:34PM on 07/21/2013
Wow.... Wan really outdid himself with "The Conjuring". And to think that Insidious 2 is coming within two months, too....



Wow.... Wan really outdid himself with "The Conjuring". And to think that Insidious 2 is coming within two months, too....



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4:32PM on 07/21/2013
Glad to see The Conjuring on top! It was a brilliant film.
Glad to see The Conjuring on top! It was a brilliant film.
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4:28PM on 07/21/2013
Just saw Grown Ups 2 for the 3rd time. Cant get enough of these movies! "I want to get chocolate wasted!" hahaaha Comedy gold!
Just saw Grown Ups 2 for the 3rd time. Cant get enough of these movies! "I want to get chocolate wasted!" hahaaha Comedy gold!
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5:10PM on 07/21/2013
Get that shit outta here Sandler. you can't fool us
Get that shit outta here Sandler. you can't fool us
5:44PM on 07/21/2013
Comedy gold?! Are you stoned?!
Comedy gold?! Are you stoned?!
6:26PM on 07/21/2013
Wasn't the 'chocolate wasted' line from the first movie? Didn't see it, but I remember seeing it in the trailer.
Wasn't the 'chocolate wasted' line from the first movie? Didn't see it, but I remember seeing it in the trailer.
4:23PM on 07/21/2013
This weekend is a huge win for low-budget, R-rated, and just plain GOOD films. Too bad for Pacific Rim though, and it looks like Grown Ups will be a trilogy.
This weekend is a huge win for low-budget, R-rated, and just plain GOOD films. Too bad for Pacific Rim though, and it looks like Grown Ups will be a trilogy.
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3:00PM on 07/21/2013
The Conjuring deserves it. A new horror classic.
The Conjuring deserves it. A new horror classic.
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2:58PM on 07/21/2013
Holy cow, Pacific Rim!!... it's kind of tanking. ....And not to laugh at Red 2 but god damn, 18M??! lol. That means next weekend it's going to do half of that; 9M. Why release the movie in July?
Holy cow, Pacific Rim!!... it's kind of tanking. ....And not to laugh at Red 2 but god damn, 18M??! lol. That means next weekend it's going to do half of that; 9M. Why release the movie in July?
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2:44PM on 07/21/2013
Saw The Conjuring this weekend. Every bit of good everyone is saying about it. It had a great story and some really good scary/jump moments. Such a fun, well made horror film.

Still waiting to see Only God Forgives and The Way Way Back. And very much looking forward to finally seeing The Wolverine.
Saw The Conjuring this weekend. Every bit of good everyone is saying about it. It had a great story and some really good scary/jump moments. Such a fun, well made horror film.

Still waiting to see Only God Forgives and The Way Way Back. And very much looking forward to finally seeing The Wolverine.
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5:46PM on 07/21/2013
Don't waste your time on Only God Forgives, worst 90 mins you'll spend this year on a movie.
Don't waste your time on Only God Forgives, worst 90 mins you'll spend this year on a movie.
3:40AM on 07/22/2013
So you dont want to see ripd anymore?
Finally saw sense that Reynolds is awful or was this just not popular enough for you?
So you dont want to see ripd anymore?
Finally saw sense that Reynolds is awful or was this just not popular enough for you?
2:43PM on 07/21/2013

??!!

With average budget mediocre horror films and adam sandler silly comedies making more money than sci-fi action films,iam losing faith in human race [link]
With average budget mediocre horror films and adam sandler silly comedies making more money than sci-fi action films,iam losing faith in human race [link]
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3:23PM on 07/21/2013
I actually have to laugh when people say this (and they say it a LOT on here). First of all, it discounts all the people who didn't go out to movies this weekend. Secondly, it's doing the exact same thing that the studios are doing, which is why Adam Sandler continues to make movies.

I've still been meaning to get out to see Pacific Rim, and I'm confident it's a much better movie than Grown-Ups 2. But I still think it's a stretch to call it a SMARTER movie than Grown-Ups 2. Because they are
I actually have to laugh when people say this (and they say it a LOT on here). First of all, it discounts all the people who didn't go out to movies this weekend. Secondly, it's doing the exact same thing that the studios are doing, which is why Adam Sandler continues to make movies.

I've still been meaning to get out to see Pacific Rim, and I'm confident it's a much better movie than Grown-Ups 2. But I still think it's a stretch to call it a SMARTER movie than Grown-Ups 2. Because they are both fairly dumb premises. Or at least Grown-Ups is a dumber premise in practice, whereas Pacific Rim is simply a fantastical idea catering to the prepubescent boy in all of us.

Now, I apologize for my little mini-rant, but I've ben needing to get it off my chest.
2:22PM on 07/21/2013

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Watched Only God Forgives this weekend and loved it. Looking forward to Wolverine. I hope it's not the shit fest the last one was.
Watched Only God Forgives this weekend and loved it. Looking forward to Wolverine. I hope it's not the shit fest the last one was.
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5:47PM on 07/21/2013
I'm honestly curious, what did you love about that movie?
I'm honestly curious, what did you love about that movie?
7:38PM on 07/21/2013
It had a good story, but was just paced in a different manner than most. It's a movie that's been done before in different ways, but he slows it down a bit. All things aside, the style of it just worked for me also. It I had to compare it to anything, it reminded me of a David Lynch movie without any plot twists quirky characters. Most of the movie is signature Refn. If you can't get past say Bronson, or Valhalla Rising, I get why you don't like this movie.
It had a good story, but was just paced in a different manner than most. It's a movie that's been done before in different ways, but he slows it down a bit. All things aside, the style of it just worked for me also. It I had to compare it to anything, it reminded me of a David Lynch movie without any plot twists quirky characters. Most of the movie is signature Refn. If you can't get past say Bronson, or Valhalla Rising, I get why you don't like this movie.
7:46PM on 07/21/2013
I enjoyed Bronson a whole lot. Have you ever seen Chopper? It's almost similar to that in a way and I loved Chopper. I also enjoyed Drive, not a whole lot, but it was good. Valhalla Rising was just bad in my opinion. But Only God Forgives felt as if it was trying to be "Lynch-ian" in a sense, but failed. It was like a chore watching it. It didn't have a whole lot going on in it for me, it was fairly straight to the point, but took a hell of a long time getting there. And some scenes just felt
I enjoyed Bronson a whole lot. Have you ever seen Chopper? It's almost similar to that in a way and I loved Chopper. I also enjoyed Drive, not a whole lot, but it was good. Valhalla Rising was just bad in my opinion. But Only God Forgives felt as if it was trying to be "Lynch-ian" in a sense, but failed. It was like a chore watching it. It didn't have a whole lot going on in it for me, it was fairly straight to the point, but took a hell of a long time getting there. And some scenes just felt out of place or nonsensical. But to each their own good sir.
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