"R.I.P.D." Dead on Arrival at Box Office

Sun, July 21st, 2013 at 9:48am PDT

TV/Film
Kevin Melrose, Staff Writer
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"R.I.P.D.," the supernatural comedy based on Dark Horse's 2000 comic series, didn't fare any better with audiences than it did with critics.

While New Line Cinema's $20 million thriller "The Conjuring" actually overperformed in its opening weekend, topping the domestic box office with an estimated $41.5 million through Sunday -- that's a record for an R-rated horror film -- Universal's "R.I.P.D." was D.O.A., coming in at seventh place with $12.8 million. Considering its $130 million production budget, the Ryan Reynolds-Jeff Bridges movie is already being called one of the summer's biggest bombs.

Directed by Robert Schwentke ("RED"), the film centers on the Rest In Peace Department, a divine law-enforcement division comprised of ghosts who grapple with spirits who aren’t ready to depart this world.

However, "R.I.P.D." wasn't the only disappointing opening, as DreamWorks Animation's "Turbo" put-putted to No. 3, behind "Despicable Me 2," grossing just $21.5 million in three days ($31.2 million since its release on Wednesday). Lionsgate's "RED 2," the sequel to the 2010 sleeper hit very loosely based on the Wildstorm series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, debuted at fifth with $18.5 million, about $3 million less than its predecessor.

The remainder of the Top 10 was filled out by "Grown Ups 2" at No. 5, "Pacific Rim" at No. 6, "The Heat" at No. 8, "World War Z" at No. 9 and "Monsters University" at No. 10.

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TAGS:  ripd, universal pictures, jeff bridges, ryan reynolds, dark horse comics, new line cinema, red 2, summit entertainment, lionsgate, the conjuring

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