'Turbo' is off to a weak start

Ryan Reynolds supplies the lead voice for "Turbo," which is off to a snail-like start at the box office. (DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox)

The early returns are in, and it looks like a weekend to forget for Ryan Reynolds.

The actor’s two new films -- the animated “Turbo” and the sci-fi comedy “R.I.P.D.” -- are off to dreadful starts at the box office, according to rough estimates based on Friday matinee figures.

The $130-million “R.I.P.D.” may struggle just to gross $10 million in its first three days of release, the estimates show. And the even more expensive "Turbo" could gross barely double that. 

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With four new movies in wide release, the weekend’s No. 1 film is likely to be the $20-million Warner Bros. horror thriller “The Conjuring,” which is on track to sell as much as $36 million in tickets, the early receipts suggested.  

The exorcism movie grossed more than $3 million from Thursday night screenings.

Summit Entertainment’s semi-retired spy sequel “Red 2,” made at a cost of $84 million, could generate sales of as much as $24 million in its weekend debut, probably higher than the Sony holdover “Grown Ups 2” and at least double the projected gross of Universal’s “R.I.P.D.”

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“Red 2” should also surpass the $135-million “Turbo,” from DreamWorks Animation and distributor 20th Century Fox, which looks to gross $20 million or less in its first three days in theaters (the film opened Wednesday). “Turbo’s” desultory launch will probably be below the third weekend's returns for “Despicable Me 2.” 

The best-case estimate for “R.I.P.D.” has it grossing a weak $12 million, even less than the second weekend of "Pacific Rim," which opened last weekend to $37.3 million, a poor debut given "Pacific Rim's" $190-million budget.

But other estimates say "R.I.P.D." may generate even less than $10 million in weekend sales, making the Reynolds-Jeff Bridges film one of the summer’s biggest disasters along with Disney’s “The Lone Ranger.”

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