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July 22, 2013

'The Conjuring' triumphs at weekend box office


This weekend, “Turbo” launched in 28 foreign markets and sold $22.6 million worth of tickets. The film performed best in Russia, where it grossed $8.4 million. It will continue to open in additional international locations through the fall.

As for “Red 2,” though the $84-million sequel did not surpass the original’s take, Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment said it was still hopeful about the film’s box-office prospects because the first picture did not debut in the summer.

“Our midweek grosses are going to be stronger than the first ‘Red,’ which opened in October,” said Richie Fay, the studio’s president of domestic distribution.

Because the picture — which features a number of actors over 50 including Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis and John Malkovich — targets an older audience, Fay believes it will be able to withstand competition in the coming weeks. Indeed, 67 percent of those who saw the movie this weekend were older than 35, and the crowd gave it a B-plus.

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