This summer has been different than summers in years past regarding big budget movie blockbusters, a good four films with a budget of over $120M have failed to produce anything close to that in their time at the theaters. The Lone Ranger: $215M, made $29M opening; After Earth: $130M, made $27M opening; Pacific Rim: $190M, made $37M opening; and now R.I.P.D.: $130M, made $12M opening. R.I.P.D. has officially become this summer’s biggest flop regarding to money spent to money made. It’s an anomaly too, a supernatural action flick starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges shouldn’t have disappointed like that, but it did and both actors careers have likely taken a huge hit because of it.
This weekend’s big winner though was the supernatural thriller The Conjuring, which came out of nowhere to knock Despicable Me 2 off of its perch at number one. The film opened with $41.5M, while having a budget of only $20M. Talk about your cash flow.
Second this weekend was Despicable Me 2, which, after 3 weeks, has managed to maintain its grip on families nationwide bringing in $25M for a grand total of $276M domestically. For an animated film that only cost $76M to make, we’re talking Despicable Me 3 and 4 here.
Third at the box office this weekend was the expensive Dreamworks animated title Turbo, starring the voice of Ryan Reynolds. The film, which cost $135M to make, only managed to pull in $21.5M. It’s rare that an “A-list” actor – such as Reynolds – has two big budget films release on the same weekend but it’s even rarer that they both flop so tremendously. Let’s face it, American doesn’t want to watch an animated film about racing snails. It just doesn’t.
Rounding out the top five at the box office this weekend was the Adam Sandler “comedy” Grown Ups 2 and the ensemble action-comedy sequel Red 2. The film’s pulled in $20M and $18M respectively.
Here is the rest of the top 10:
*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)
1) The Conjuring – $41.5 (NEW)
2) Despicable Me 2 – $25 ($276)
3) Turbo – $21.5 (NEW)
4) Grown Ups 2 – $20 ($79.5)
5) Red 2 – $18.5 (NEW)
6) Pacific Rim – $15.9 ($68.2)
7) R.I.P.D. – $12.7 (NEW)
8) The Heat – $9.3 ($129.2)
9) World War Z – $5.2 ($186.9)
10) Monsters University – $5 ($248.9)
Via Box Office Mojo