Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Conjuring up box office gold

You may have read that I was at a family reunion this last weekend, which means I barely saw any of the royal baby coverage didn't get to the theater for either The Conjuring or R.I.P.D. From what I've been able to ascertain since returning home, the lower budget The Conjuring schooled the big-budget 3D R.I.P.D. 



The Conjuring, directed by James Wan, follows real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren to a haunted farmhouse. Ghostly shenanigans ensue.

Wan knocked the ball out of the park so hard with Insidious that a sequel to that haunted family movie is in the can and he will be helming Fast & Furious 7 (jeepers, are there really that many F&F movies?), for release next year. The Conjuring also put Patrick Wilson back in front of Wan's camera, as is the case for the Insidious sequel. Who knows, maybe Wilson will get a crack at a spot in F&F7. 



R.I.P.D. stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as dead law enforcement officers assigned to bring other undead entities back to the afterlife. Reynolds is the modern cop to Bridges Old West gunfighter. The catch is that neither appears as they are to the living world. Reynolds takes James Hong (David Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China) for his avatar and Bridges appears as Victoria's Secret model Marisa Miller. Ghostly shenanigans ensue.

I saw a trailer for this in 3D and it looked cool. I guess not everyone thought so. If this turns into a total bomb (like Green Lantern), it would seem to put the nail in the coffin for Reynolds in a Deadpool movie.

Did you see either of these movies over the weekend? If so, let us know what you thought.

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