With the low-budget horror film
poised to win this weekend's box office race, Universal Pictures may soon face a frightening reality.
Of the four new films hitting theaters this weekend, the studio's $130-million 3-D action-adventure
The film that moviegoers seem most interested in, "The Conjuring," cost
Meanwhile, though its prospects don't look as dim as those for "R.I.P.D.," the animated 3-D family film
"The Conjuring" follows in the trend of inexpensive horror films doing well at the box office this year.
"The Conjuring," starring
Though men younger than 25 probably will turn "The Conjuring" into a hit, it's older moviegoers who are eager to see "Red 2." In 2010, the original
The sequel, which cost Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment $84 million to produce, reunites cast members
Though the movie is being distributed by
The movie, which features the voices of actors like Reynolds,
Reynolds has had a mixed track record of the box office as of late, and "R.I.P.D." probably won't do much to improve it. Though fans responded to him in last year's espionage thriller
In "R.I.P.D," the 36-year-old and Bridges play lawmen who come back from the dead to keep citizens in line on Earth. Universal is not screening the movie for critics until Thursday evening, possibly a sign the studio is fearful that the movie will generate poor word-of-mouth.
"R.I.P.D" -- which stands for for "Rest in Peace Department" -- has had a troubled road to the big screen. Universal acquired the project -- based on a Dark Horse Entertainment comic -- 14 years ago. Originally,
Though production on the film had been done for more than a year, this spring Universal postponed the movie's release date from June to July because it was nervous about opening opposite "White House Down."