UPDATE: “The Conjuring” will easily secure the No. 1 spot at the box office with an estimated $32 million, according to Friday returns. Warner Bros. and New Line’s horror pic, made for $20 million, is spooking big-budget releases like “R.I.P.D.” and “Turbo.” Universal and D’Works Animation’s soft performers, both starring Ryan Reynolds, are on track for $10.5 million and $23 million, respectively. Also in the low-$20 million range is holdover “Despicable Me 2.” Summit’s “Red 2,” meanwhile, is gunning for $20 million.
Warner Bros. and New Line’s horror feature “The Conjuring” got off to a scary-good start Thursday night with an estimated $3.3 million from late screenings and presales.
The low-budget feature, originally pegged for a $25 million bow, is now tracking closer to Universal’s recent home invasion thriller “The Purge,” which earned $3.4 million Thursday night before going on to a $36.4 million opening.
“The Conjuring” should also frighten off its expensive competition this weekend at the box office.
Universal’s $130 million-plus “R.I.P.D.” is looking like a major misfire with a debut in the high teens while DreamWorks Animation’s $135 million “Turbo,” also starring Ryan Reynolds, may take second place with $24 million, the lowest debut ever for a DWA release.
Produced for $20 million, “The Conjuring” is directed by James Wan (“Insidious”).
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