'The Conjuring' Keeps Rolling; 'Despicable Me 2' Overtakes 'Man of Steel' for #2 of 2013

on July 25, 2013 by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports The Conjuring took in another $4.52 million on Wednesday. That represents a solid 19 percent drop from Tuesday and further indicates that strong word of mouth is driving the film well beyond opening weekend--something rare for the horror genre. After 6 days, The Conjuring has taken in $57.5 million domestically and is set to overtake the pace of Paranormal Activity 3 sometime late Thursday or early Friday. BoxOffice expects a strong sophomore weekend of around $23 million.

Despicable Me 2 added $3.36 million to its haul yesterday, off just 35.8 percent from Wednesday of last week. The well-received sequel has amassed an impressive $287.18 million through 22 days of domestic release and overtook Man of Steel yesterday to become 2013's second highest grossing film so far.

Fox's and DreamWorks' Turbo eased 26 percent from Tuesday to $2.605 million on Wednesday. Through 8 days, the animated film has grossed $39.85 million domestically. By comparison, that puts it 14.7 percent ahead of last year's Rise of the Guardians. The flick will face some stiff competition when The Smurfs 2 hits theaters on Wednesday, July 31.

Grown Ups 2 added $2.43 million on Wednesday, off 41.4 percent from the same day last week. The sequel continues to perform fairl well even though it has fallen behind the pace of its predecessor since initially debuting with a higher opening weekend. After 13 days, Grown Ups 2's domestic tally is $87.8 million--4.2 percent less than the original flick through the same point.

Warner Bros.' Pacific Rim was down 44.2 percent from Wednesday last week to $1.9 million yesterday. Despite positive reviews from critics and Guillermo del Toro fans, the film hasn't found the domestic blockbuster footing that some expected going into release. With $74.72 million in the bank after 13 days, Pacific Rim is on pace to top the final domestic haul of del Toro's Hellboy II on Thursday. Still, the film is running just 3 percent ahead of Cowboys & Aliens

Red 2 slipped 25 percent from Tuesday for another $1.77 million added to its total, which now stands at $24.08 million through 6 days. That puts it 10.4 percent behind the pace of the original Red at the same point.

Lastly, Universal's R.I.P.D. continues to struggle. The big-budget flop grossed $1.31 million on Wednesday to make for a 6-day domestic cume of $17.28 million--trailing last summer's The Watch by 2.2 percent. R.I.P.D. will likely get hit hard by The Wolverine this weekend.

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

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