In a major win for Warner Bros. and New Line, The Conjuring had a $41.5 million debut at the North American box office, with the $20 million feature scoring the top opening ever for an original R-rated horror pic.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 came in second in its third weekend at the box office, bringing in $25.1 million for a domestic total of $276.1 million. Overseas, the animated feature took in another $35.4 million, pushing its international total to $308.4 million for a worldwide total of $584.6 million. Globally, the animated sequel was number one for the weekend.
In third place, DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo took in $21.5 million over the weekend for a total of $31.2 million since the animated feature’s debut on Wednesday. Distributed by partner Fox Animation, Turbo marks one of the lowest domestic openings for a DWA title, coming in just behind the $32.3 million earned by Rise of the Guardians during its five-day debut last November. An original story directed by David Soren, Turbo cost $135 million to produce.
Sony's Grown Ups 2 came in fourth place over its sophomore weekend with $20 million, bringing the film’s domestic total to $79.5 million.
Summit Entertainment’s Red 2 opened to $18.5 million to come in at number five, just under the $21.7 million opening of Red in 2010. The sequel, which cost $84 million to produce, took in $7.6 million overseas.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Picture's big-budget feature Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, came in sixth place at the domestic box office, taking in $16 million for a total of $68.2 million. Overseas, the tentpole brought in $34.8 million for an international total of $110.3 and worldwide total of $178.5 million.
R.I.P.D., from Universal, opened to a dismal $12.8 million domestically, coming in seventh on the box office charts. The action-comedy, directed by Robert Schwentk, stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as deceased police officers who must protect the living from evil spirits who refuse to move on.
In eighth place, Fox's Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat brought in $9.3 million over the film’s fourth weekend at the box office for a domestic total of $129.3 million.
Paramount’s zombie feature World War Z, produced by Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, came in ninth place at the domestic box office, earning $5.2 million for a total of $186.9 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Disney and Pixar's Monsters University, directed by Dan Scanlon, brought in $5 million over its fifth weekend out for a domestic total of $249 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.