With Comic-Con teasing exciting new things in San Diego, the weekend's box office looks particularly depressing: and that has a lot to do with Ryan Reynolds, former movie star.
Well, okay. Backing up, it was debatable whether we could call Reynolds a movie star in the first place. Back in 2011—just after The Green Lantern flopped hard—Bill Simmons at Grantland wrote: "When Green Lantern badly underperformed last weekend, it shouldn't have been surprising, because Reynolds isn't a movie star (despite Hollywood's best efforts to convince us otherwise)." But this weekend it's looking even worse for Reynolds. He's in the big budget bust R.I.P.D., which is currently getting savaged in reviews, and voices the titular racing snail in the animated Turbo. Both movies could possibly fall to horror film The Conjuring.
As Stuart Oldham writes at Variety, The Conjuring—made for only $20 million—had a great Thursday night with an estimated $3.3 million from late screenings and presale tickets. It could have a $25 million or higher opening. Meanwhile the $130 million R.I.P.D. will likely only "debut in the high teens," according to Oldham. Though its not clear just where it will land, the $135 million Turbo won't lose a kiddie market to The Conjuring, but only make about $24 million, the lowest debut ever for DreamWorks Animation. Variety's Andrew Stewart also wondered if it could be a weekend of two "misfires" for Reynolds.