'The Conjuring' Passes $50M Mark on Tuesday

on July 24, 2013 by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Conjuring took in $5.60 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. In the process, the modestly budgeted R-rated horror film surpassed the $50 million domestic mark on Tuesday. The Conjuring was up 1 percent over Monday. While that represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases, it was still a solid first Tuesday hold for a horror film of this size. With a strong five-day start of $52.99 million, The Conjuring is running 32 percent ahead of the $40.06 million five-day start of The Purge and 57 percent ahead of the $33.66 million five-day take of Mama.

Despicable Me 2 held steady in second place with $4.35 million. The computer animated blockbuster from Universal and Illumination Entertainment increased 26 percent over Monday and was down a very solid 36 percent from last Tuesday, as it continues to show signs of stabilization this week. Despicable Me 2 has grossed a massive $283.82 million in 21 days, making it the third highest grossing release of 2013 domestically thus far. The film is set to overtake Warner's Man of Steel for second place on the list today.

Fox's Turbo was up one spot and a strong 31 percent over Monday to place in third with $3.53 million. The latest computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation experienced the day's best daily percentage hold among wide releases. Turbo grossed $37.25 million in its first week of release. That is on the low end of pre-release expectations and is soft by the lofty box office standards of DreamWorks Animation. However, thanks in part to summer midweek business, Turbo is currently running 9 percent ahead of the $34.08 million one-week start of Rise of the Guardians last November.

Grown Ups 2 fell one spot from Monday to take fourth on Tuesday with $3.24 million. However, the Adam Sandler led comedy sequel was up 18 percent over Monday and down a very respectable 39 percent from last Tuesday. Grown Ups 2 has grossed $85.38 million in twelve days, which places the film 3 percent behind the $88.34 million twelve-day take of 2010's Grown Ups.

Pacific Rim rounded out Tuesday's top five with $2.48 million. Warner's pricey sci-fi action film was up 21 percent over Monday and down 44 percent from last Tuesday. While yesterday's hold was an encouraging one, it is also likely that Pacific Rim will take a hit from Fox's The Wolverine this coming weekend. Pacific Rim has grossed $72.81 million in twelve days, placing it 2.4 percent ahead of the $71.07 million twelve-day gross of 2011's Cowboys and Aliens.

New releases Red 2 and R.I.P.D. continued to claim sixth and seventh place respectively with $2.36 million and $1.81 million. Lionsgate's Red 2 increased 23 percent over Monday, while Universal's R.I.P.D. experienced a very similar 24 percent increase. Through five days of release, respective total grosses stand at a modest $22.31 million for Red 2 and at a very disappointing $15.97 million for R.I.P.D. Like Pacific Rim, both Red 2 and R.I.P.D. should take significant hits from The Wolverine this weekend.

Tags: R.I.P.D., Red 2, Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Turbo, Despicable Me 2, The Conjuring

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