Horror will have it's day again at the box office or at least it's weekend. The Conjuring directed by James Wan is on pace for a massive $35-$40 take at the weekend's box office. It will be number 1.
Red 2 is opening flat vs Red with a estimated $15-20 million. I suspect it will do pretty well overseas. The 1st installment gained a healthy $108 million overseas. Big difference this time. Red 2 has a $84 million budget vs a $58 million dollar budget last time. It does have some pretty strong word of mouth reviews and frankly I really liked the 1st one even though I believed I was going to hate it.
RIPD is bombing plain and simple. The $155 million dollar budgeted Men in Black with dead people starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges is only predicting to open at around $15 million and that's on the generous side. Ouch. I do believe it will fare better overseas where movies like Men in Black make about 55-60% of it's earnings.
Hell, even Will Smith's After Earth is a bonafide hit overseas and has made $215 million total... Remember that film was considered a bomb and it has now made about $80 million profit. That's before blu-ray and dvd. (Keep a eye on Lone Ranger overseas) It's grossed $50 million overseas and $126 million total).
Pacific Rim has made another $14-16 million in the USA. Bringing it's total to $110 million worldwide. It still needs another $80 million to break even. However, the overseas totals will start coming in on Sunday.