After Pacific Rim bombed last week at the box-office and Grown Ups 2 placed second behind Despicable Me 2, what will be the number movie this weekend? Four brand new movies are opening this weekend, one getting the head start by opening yesterday. Turbo, The Conjuring, R.I.P.D., and Red 2 are all competing to earn that number one spot. The two movies that have the greater chance of being number one are Turbo and RED 2, while the others will land somewhere between the middle.
Turbo, trying to take a page from Despicable Me 2’s book, opened on Wednesday to garner a head start before Warner and Universal sink their teeth into the general audience. It did place number one at the box-office on Wednesday with around $5 million. Other live-action movies have failed to take out the reigning champion DM2 and have failed, but can this original animated flick come out on top? Let’s take a look back at Epic from earlier this year. It failed to hold a light to Fast and Furious 6 and Hangover 3 but it still managed to earn $33 million opening weekend. However, I do feel that Turbo will debut more along those lines in second place.
Everyone loves a good sequel and RED 2 may just very well be that sequel. The first film released back in October in 2010, but lost big time to Jackass 3D. Now, it seems that Warner Brothers is betting big that the sequel will do much better in a new season. Bruce Willis is headlining this action-comedy with an all-star cast. He’s already been in two action flicks this year, A Good Day to Die Hard and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, both which did moderately well. With RED capturing success after the original theatrical run, I see RED 2 capitalizing on that success, placing first this weekend with $50 million, more than twice what the original made.
Third place will be Despicable Me 2 with about $22 million and fourth place will belong to R.I.P.D. with $18 million. The movie stars Jeff Bridges, which is a good sign of it being a fun film, and Ryan Reynolds, a bad sign that that film will do poorly. Reynolds can act but he has poor judgment when it comes to action films. I will still see this one, though. The Conjuring will round out the top 5 with $15 million.
Pacific Rim will drop to seventh place with $8 million while Grown Ups 2 will drop to ninth place with $6 million.