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James Wan already had horror hits like “Saw” and “Insidious” on his hands. Now he can add “The Conjuring”, which earned more than $41 million. That’s more than twice its budget already! The other films like “RED 2”, “Turbo” and “R.I.P.D” starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges ranged from OK to out right bomb.

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With the limited access to computers I’ll be having over this week and next this will be an abbreviated version of the Box office battle.

This week, four films hit theaters. Will any break out?

“Turbo” features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg and more. And it’s premise about a racing slug has the possibility of attracting the same kind of crowd that Pixar’s “Cars” brought in. But, it’s being released after “Monsters University” and “Despicable Me 2” and with the much more anticipated (ugh) “The Smurfs 2” still to come, one has to wonder if this will be the odd animated film left out. Still, it still should do better than say “Rise of the Guardians” but probably not by much.

Opening weekend: $30-35 million

James Wan is back with “The Conjuring”. The director of “Saw” and “Insidious” has Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga starring in this film, which is gaining a ton of buzz about how scary it is. It’s not opening in as many theaters as the other films, but this one could make a strong play for first place.

Opening weekend: $28-33 million

“RED 2” stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox and Neal McDonough. But the star power won’t help this film. The first film opened to $21 million on its way to $90 million domestically and nearly $200 million worldwide. I doubt it matches those numbers domestically as many view it as an unnecessary sequel to an OK first film, though it should open around the same level.

Opening weekend: $20-25 million

Finally we have “R.I.P.D.” The presence of Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds won’t help this film escape its “Men in Black” knockoff feel and, frankly, it looks like this summer’s “Jonah Hex”. Never a good thing.

Opening weekend: $10-15 million

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Ryan Reynolds gets “Selfless”

Get ready for Ryan Reynolds to be forced onto movie screens once again. For a while there Hollywood was trying to tell us Reynolds was a movie star with films like “Green Lantern” and “The Proposal” even the recent “The Change Up”. But one thing those films lacked was quality. Now he’s back at it again. He’s already starring in “The Voices” with Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton and “R.I.P.D.” with Jeff Bridges. Now he takes the indie sci-fi film “Selfless”. Here’s the synopsis from Firstshowing.net: (The story) follows a rich old man who recently discovers that he’s dying. So in order to cheat death, he plays to have his mind transplanted into a younger man’s body, a cadaver whose “previous inhabitant” was murdered. Then the man finds himself being hunted by killers as he tries to figure out who killed him in the first place.

Sounds somewhat interesting. But director Tarsem Singh is responsible for the OK “Immortals”and the terrible “Mirror, Mirror” so I’m not sure I’m excited for this one.

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Nope, he’s not done being an action hero. After last year’s hit, but terrible film “Taken 2”, Liam Neeson is back to kicking some butt in “Gang Story”. From Firstshowing.net, this remake of the French film ” follows Edmond “Mormon” Vidal who was part of a crime duo with his friend Serge Suttel that became the most notorious armed robbers of the early 1970s. But now that Mormon is nearing 60-years-old, he’s looking to leave that life behind. But, of course, his old friend gets into some trouble, it puts his retired life with his wife, children and grandchildren at risk when the past comes back to haunt him all over again.”

Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House” starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds) is attached to direct.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“The Croods” sequel in the works

Considering it should close domestically with around $200 million and worldwide a much higher gross, it should come as no surprise that DreamWorks is developing a sequel to “The Croods”. DreamWorks needed this film to do well after “Rise of the Guardians” bombed badly. “The Croods” featured the voices of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

R.I.P.D.

Here’s the trailer for “R.I.P.D.”!!

The film stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds is a cop who dies on duty and joins the Rest In Peace Department. This looks pretty much like “Men in Black” with dead people instead of aliens, but it could be a lot of fun!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

At one point, the film “Big Eyes”, which is about artists Walter and Margaret Keane, whose paintings depicting women and children with wide eyes, was set to star Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon. Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewsk penned the script and were going to direct. Now Tim Burton is stepping in to helm the film and Reynolds and Witherspoon are out with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in. Frankly, I like the new actors and it’ll be nice to see Burton take a break from doing mega budget blockbusters.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Finally, another good weekend at the box office for Hollywood. The animated film “The Croods”, which features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine Keener topped the box office with $44.7 million. That’s a little higher than “How To Train Your Dragon”, which went on to earn more than $200 million after holding exceptionally well in 2010 around the same time. It’s tough to see this movie hold quite as well, but it should definitely get to $180 million if it can hold reasonably well. “Olympus Has Fallen”, or the first Die Hard film to come out this year, opened to $30.5 million for the highest opening of an action movie this year. That’s good news for Gerard Butler who has been in a string of bombs.

Speaking of bombs, despite starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, “Admission” earned just $6.4 million. Add in “Oz The Great and Powerful”, which added $22 million and for the first time in a while, we had three movies earn at least $20 million. But if you look at the weekend comparisons to last year, why did it seem so low and behind? That’s because last year “The Hunger Games” opened to more than $150 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Ever since “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, there’s been talk of a Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (“Zombieland”) wrote the script, but while Hugh Jackman will put the claws on again for “The Wolverine”, Deadpool has been dead on arrival. Reynolds said it’s been a difficult process to get studios to sign on for a hard R-rated film and they’re not willing to water down the film. And, Reynolds said the film would address the character’s appearance in Origins.

“I don’t think you can [tie-in to X-Men Origins: Wolverine], because that character would really sully that whole world. The script is one rewrite away from Deadpool jumping across the desk at the studio executive and attacking him.

I’ve always wanted to do the movie just if only because Deadpool would get to do his own movie trailer. So that’s a thing that we were dying to do and we would love to be a part of that. I don’t know how it would fit though, no. In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address ‘Wolverine’ – though it does address Deadpool’s appearance in ‘Wolverine.’ Deadpool was not happy with Deadpool in ‘Wolverine.’ He has a sort of a WTF!? moment with that,” Reynolds told Empire.

I can see why this would be a tough sell. It’s very meta, and would be hard for audiences to embrace. But let’s hope he gets a shot. Reynolds needs to make us forget “Green Lantern” somehow.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Can someone knock off Sam Raimi’s “Oz The Great and Powerful”?

The short answer is yes. “The Croods”, which features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman is the first bona fide big family movie of the year. Lots of marketing and with a lack of family films recently except for “Escape From Planet Earth” means families will be out in some good numbers to see this film.

Opening weekend: $40-45 million

“Olympus Has Fallen”, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, is the best “Die Hard” film to come out this year. I’ll have my review up on this film later this weekend, but despite being a decent action flick it likely won’t break the spell of action movies performing poorly at the box office.

Opening weekend: $18-23 million

Offered as counter programming, “Admission” is an interesting film. It’s a romantic comedy, yes, but it also stars Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Gloria Reuben, Nat Wolff and Lily Tomlin, which is a heck of a cast. But it’ll likely fail to find much of an audience.

Opening weekend: $5-10 million

Also, “Spring Breakers” expands into more than 1,000 theaters. But don’t expect it to do much more than $5 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.