Box Office: Two Ryan Reynolds Misfires in One Weekend?

'Turbo' tracking in the mid-$30 mil range for five days; 'R.I.P.D.' expected to tank in high teens

Fox bows its second DreamWorks Animation title, “Turbo,” on Wednesday, and tracking suggests a sluggish five-day opening in the mid-$30 millions. But “Turbo” won’t even be the weekend’s biggest disappointment, with Universal’s pricey sci-fi comedy “R.I.P.D.” expected to top out in the high teens from Friday to Sunday.

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Both pics feature Ryan Reynolds: “R.I.P.D.” also stars Jeff Bridges, while Reynolds voices the lead snail in racing toon “Turbo.”

R.I.P.D. is looking like the third big-budget box office flop in a row, after “The Lone Ranger” and last weekend’s “Pacific Rim.”

The Fox-DWA toon hits theaters while “Despicable Me 2” still is doing sizable business: The sequel fell just 47% in its second weekend and has cumed $234 million domestically through Monday.

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That said, family tracking is always difficult to nail down, and “Turbo” could overperform slightly if word-of-mouth builds enough to entice adults. The film, which also has a TV series with Netflix, has a younger-skewing look, with strongest appeal among boys.

According to an updated report from analyst firm Stifel, “Turbo,” which carries a production budget of $135 million, should become profitable, thanks to traditionally long legs for toons and greater international appeal than DWA’s disappointment, “Rise of the Guardians,” last year.

Unfortunately for Universal, the same financial outlook cannot be applied to “R.I.P.D.,” which according to the studio, rang up a net cost of $130 million, though other sources say it’s much higher. “R.I.P.D.” could end up as the biggest box office miss for Universal this year, after a string of hits including “Mama,” “Identity Thief,” “Fast and Furious 6,” “The Purge” and “Despicable Me 2.”

“Oblivion,” which cost $120 million to produce, ultimately was a straddler for Universal in March, grossing just $285 million worldwide.

Among the weekend’s wide releases, tracking has been strongest for “R.I.P.D.” among young men.

Reynolds is familiar with disappointing box office weekends after “The Green Lantern” flopped in 2011. That film, which cost $200 million to produce, cumed only $219 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, Fox bows “Turbo” day-and-date with the U.S. in only Brazil, Mexico and Russia, while most major European markets open in October. The staggered overseas release pattern isn’t unusual for animated films during the summer, and is a go-to strategy for Fox with past successes including the “Ice Age” franchise.

The DWA toon’s midweek domestic launch is meant to take advantage of increased summer moviegoing for family films, as well as give it a headstart over other wide releases, “The Conjuring,” which should win with roughly $30 million in three days, and “Red 2,” tracking in the $20 million-range.

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  1. FSUnderground says:

    Ryan should make waiting…3. The second movie failed because he wasn’t in it! Get the original cast and get ready to show the bat wing!!!

  2. dam says:

    Instead of reporting on all these bombs, you should report on winners. Of course, that would dramatically reduce the number of articles.

  3. El Duderino says:

    The guy is not a lead actor. He’s a character actor, best for comedic roles. If the ladies that run Hollywood had any understanding of what we wanted, they’d never have foisted people like this or Gwyneth Paltrow on us.

  4. R.I.P.D looks (and sounds) awful, and the turbo is just corny. who is ryan reynolds anyway and why are they putting him in movies?

  5. The Kingslayer says:

    R.I.P.D looks awful, it’s comes across like a lame CGI Men In Black rip off.

  6. bill winters says:

    Reynolds destroyed the 3rd Blade movie and he totally destroyed the Green Lantern movie. How this guy still gets lead roles is beyond me.

  7. harry georgatos says:

    Get Tony Gilroy to write and direct THE PERSUADERS. Get Marc Forster to direct THE CHAMPIONS. Bring back THE X-FILES to the big screen with the alien men-in-black government conspiracy plot. Bring LOST to the big screen. Bring the comic book ESPERS to the big screen! Bring the sic-fi novel THE DEMOLISHED MAN to the big screen with Brian De Palma directing!! THE LONE RANGER, AFTER EARTH and PACIFIC RIM burned me with underwhelming development. The sooner we get to November
    2014 for INTERSTELLAR the better off I will be! Up to this point it’s been a sad year. Looking forward to SIN CITY 2, OLDBOY remake, JACK RYAN, THE ZERO THEROEM and THE MONUMENT MEN.

  8. kenmandu says:

    Reynolds is in too many movies.. Jude Law once did six in a year and they all flopped. Too much of a moderately talented and moderately appealing actor is not a good thing

    • ette says:

      He only averages one or two films a year. He’s never come close to doing six, even counting animated flicks and small roles.

  9. cadavra says:

    How does a picture opening to nearly $40 million get deemed a flop? The cost of the film is not relevant; the number of tickets sold is. A $38 million opening is nothing to sneeze at, be it expensive sci-fi or a modestly-budgeted comedy starring some ex-SNLer.

  10. Darcy says:

    Go see Pacific Rim! It’s more than worth your time!

  11. Greg says:

    Actors take the lion’s share of the blame for flops and the lion’s share of the credit for hits. No one is picking on Ryan Reynolds, especially not Variety. When Adam Sandler released back to back summer flops( Jack & Jill, and That’s My Boy), he took hits from every direction, including Variety. When he scored a +100 million dollar domestic hit with animated feature, Hotel Transylvania, he received a ton of praise and now is well on his way to scoring a 2nd consecutive “family oriented” hit with Grown Ups 2. Reynolds is a big boy. He will get himself together eventually. It could be worse. Look at Nicholas Cage’s track record for flops. The bad news for Reynolds is that R.I.P.D. looks to be D.O.A. The good news is that even though Turbo is tracking at a snails pace and probably won’t beat out the third weekend of Despicable Me, it could still have a semi-decent weekend.

    • ette says:

      I don’t find that to be the case with Reynolds. If a film flops, he gets the blame, not his co-stars. If he’s in a hit, his co-stars get all the credit, no matter how many “bombs” they have on their resumes. I do see a silver lining for him, though: he’s on the critics radar now. Maybe his smaller films won’t be ignored like they have been in the past. He’s got a fine, varied body of work if you ignore the blockbusters.

      Sandler is usually the star of his films, he writes a lot of his own material, and many of his films are uniquely bad. The two you mentioned are beyond stupid. They’re gross.

  12. Jeff R says:

    RIPD is potentially the FOURTH flop in a row. Let’s not forget ‘White House Down.’

  13. Jack Toney says:

    Are you really going to blame reynolds for a poor showing in Turbo? Pretty lame variety.

    • ette says:

      Here’s how it works: If Turbo does well, Reynolds will get no credit. It does poorly, he’ll get all of the blame. The quality, or lack thereof, of his work and the will largely be ignored in favor of the box office discussion, like always.

  14. Jack says:

    Wow. Are these really “Ryan Reynolds misfires”? No one else involved? Seems like you have an agenda with that headline.

  15. ette says:

    Two Mary-Louise Parker misfires in one weekend? It could happen. Two Ryan Gosling flops this year? It could happen. There’s a slew of movies opening this weekend and they all have good casts, including these two films. I’m not expecting greatness from any of them, but I’ll watch for the actors, if nothing else. That Oz movie and a bunch of other mediocre with sub-par actors movies made bank this year. That doesn’t mean they’re good. Usually it means they’re sequels, remakes, or the audience is familiar with the book.

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