An eye-popping four new titles hit theatres this weekend – theatres already well-stocked with summer content. DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo was first out of the gate with a $5.5 million debut on Wednesday. The original family film lost ground to Despicable Me 2 by Thursday, however, and should fall behind the holdover on the weekend chart as well.
Of the three films that launched on Friday, only The Conjuring made waves. After opening with $17 million from 2,903 locations on Friday (including $3.3 million from Thursday late shows), weekend projections for the R-rated horror film jumped up to $40 million or more. That would top last month’s opening of The Purge and would make The Conjuring the highest horror and the second-highest R-rated debut of 2013. It won’t set any records but, after taking in a reported $6.3 million on Friday, Red 2 should end up with a solid $18 million by Sunday. Which leaves R.I.P.D as the week’s biggest loser – who would have guessed? The ill-advised comic adaptation earned an estimated $4.8 million from 2,852 locations on Friday – leaving an opening above $13 million just out of reach for R.I.P.D.
|2.||Despicable Me 2||$7,500,000||$258.6|
|4.||Grown Ups 2||$6,400,000||$65.9|