Box Office Predictions: 'Conjuring' Will Spook Competition

Sadly, Sensei's call streak ended at 11 straight weeks last week. This weekend, a new one begins.

Sensei's weekend predictions and revenue results go as follows:

1. "The Conjuring" ($35 million) - Apparently since everyone and their Grandma is releasing a new film this week, tough to find the one that will break out. Go with this one which looks like another strong The Purge-like opening. Unlike The Purge though, this one stands to build better box office legs and finish as another summer sleeper (joining Now You See Me).

2. "Red 2" ($25 million) - Who says older demographics don't sell? Again, Hollywood will discover that despite this film's demographics leaning older, this action comedy franchise will open very well. Depending on audience buzz, look for strong results to continue in future weeks.

3. "Turbo" ($23 million) - A sub-par opening. Film will join Epic in being another summer animation genre under-performer. Film's concept is clever, there's just too many new films opening at once. This, and the strong Despicable Me 2, will steal away audiences.

4. "Despicable Me 2" ($22 million) - Film is, literally, in a box office horse race with Man Of Steel for the Summer's #2 domestic box office title. Still, tough to bet against Superman at this point.

5. "Grown Ups 2" ($19 million) - The critics gave the film very negative reviews, and again saw Adam Sandler and company post a strong opening. The problem with the critics and films like these is they fail to realize that certain films attract audiences simply for their experience. They're not meant to be over-loaded with drama and subtext. Look for another strong weekend for this comedy sequel.

In other calls:

Look for R.I.P.D to flop with around an $11 million opening. Pacific Rim should do nicely in its second weekend with around $18 million.

That's Sensei's calls. Enjoy the weekend.


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