This summer has seen a number of big-budget failures, including Disney’s The Lone Ranger, which cost $250 million to make and has grossed $85.5 million domestically and $164.1 million worldwide to date. Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, from Legendary Pictures and WB, is also a disappointment, although it has taken in more than The Lone Ranger.
A low budget based on a real story, The Conjuring stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators who help a family who has been haunted by a dark force. Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor also star. It has exceeded the nine-figure mark at the box office. The Conjuring could be a turning point signal where the big production companies realize original horror is a hot commodity that, if done correctly, can make the audience love it.