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Conjuring soared past forecasts with $41.5 million US in domestic ticket sales in its first three days, the highest take among four new films, according to studio estimates. The strong performance from Conjuring knocked two time champion Despicable Me 2 to second place with $25.1 million.

Animated film Turbo, the story of a racing snail, landed in the No. 3 slot with $21.5 million from Friday through Sunday. floundered in seventh with $12.8 million.

The Conjuring, produced for just under $20 million, stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as a couple who investigate paranormal activity inside a Rhode Island farmhouse. The movie followed the successful path of other inexpensive horror films such as and Purge that grabbed big sales in their opening weekends this year.

so overperformed anybody wildest expectations, said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros executive vice president for domestic distribution. originally thought if we open in the mid 20s, that a strong result and we be very happy with that. audiences kept coming for the animated Despicable 2, one of the summer biggest hits, which brought its global total through Sunday to $585 million, distributor Universal Pictures said. The film features the voice of Steve Carell as Gru, leader of the singing and dancing yellow minions.

Continued interest in Despicable stalled the debut of Turbo, which features the voice of Ryan Reynolds as a snail that acquires super fast powers after a freak accident.

The movie, produced by Shrek creator DreamWorks Animation , turned in one of the studio lowest recent debuts. Its Friday to Sunday sales came in below last year box office disappointment, the holiday themed of the Guardians. and Canadian) theatres, plus $22.6 million from international openings, which only covered about one quarter of all international markets. DreamWorks spent roughly $135 million to make the film.

in a very competitive marketplace but we have a ton of summer play time left, so we see, said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox, the studio that released Turbo, speaking to the film opening numbers and its prospects.

Aronson said Turbo had strong openings internationally, and an A plus Cinemascore rating from moviegoers under age 25, which he said very well for its playability, or future box office prospects. was nearly as expensive as Turbo, costing Universal Pictures about $130 million. The movie features Turbo star Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as lawmen in the Rest in Peace Department who come back from the dead to fight crime. added $6.8 million in international markets for a global total of $19.6 million through Sunday. did not find the size audience it needed and Universal is disappointed in the weekend result, said Nikki Rocco, president for domestic distribution at Universal Pictures.

Rocco said it was offset by fabulous year for Universal, which has now hit $1 billion at the box office for the year thus far, the earliest date the studio has ever reached that level.

Rounding out the top of the charts, the Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2 took the No. 4 slot, pulling in $20 million during its second weekend.

Newcomer Red 2, an action comedy aimed at older adults, landed in fifth place with 18.5 million, which studio officials said was in line with their expectations. The film stars Bruce Willis as a retired CIA agent who reunites a group of operatives to track down a missing nuclear device.
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