Low budget The Conjuring beats Hollywood blockbusters at the US box office

A $20 million horror pic The Conjuring performed better than expected and crowned the North American box office this weekend, debuting to a whopping $41.5 million. Directed by James Wan, the film tells the true story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who are called on to help the Perron Family in evicting demons from their haunted farmhouse.

Conversely, a $182 million 3D blockbuster R.I.P.D., starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, opened to a humiliating dismal take of $13.1 million in the US to become one of the biggest summer losers commercially and critically. It was ranked 7th.

The US box office champion of the last two weeks, Despicable Me 2, settled in the second spot with a healthy $25 million over the weekend, raising its total domestic gross to $276.1 million. The 3D animation, however, maintained its lead overseas with $35.4 million to reach a total of $308 million. It’s worldwide gross stands now at $587 million.

The third spot at the US box office was claimed by new comer, Turbo, which opened to a disappointing $21.5 million. This was the worst opening for Dreamworks, the studio behind the 3D animation. But it had a solid opening overseas in 28 markets, grossing $22.6 million.

Adam Sandler’s comedy Grown Ups 2 continued to perform well, landing in the 4th spot with $20 million, to reach a domestic total of $79.5. It was followed by comedy-thriller Red 2, which debuted to $19 million. The sequel reunites its stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren as retired CIA operatives on a mission to save the world from a nuclear catastrophe.

Having failed to conquer the US box office last weekend, Pacific Rim has declined further to 6th spot, eking out an additional $16.2. But it did better overseas, where it ranked no. 2, drawing $34.8 million. The robot vs monsters tentpole has so far collected $178 million worldwide.