'Turbo' doesn't rev at box office

Chet (left, voiced by Paul Giamatti) is the older brother - and voice of reason - to Turbo (Ryan Reynolds), an underdog snail whose dreams suddenly kick into overdrive. (DreamWorks Animation / July 22, 2013)

Shares of DreamWorks Animation fell more than 7% Monday after analysts said the company could face a write-down after animated film "Turbo" had a disappointing opening weekend at the box office.

"Turbo," which features the voice of Ryan Reynolds as a snail with dreams of winning the Indy 500, had a sluggish debut, bringing in $21.5 million over its first weekend in release. 

Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh, who has a "neutral" rating on the stock, said the film's poor box office performance could result in a write-down of $30 million to $50 million.

If that happened, it would be the company's second write-down on a film this year, after taking an $87- million hit from "Rise of the Guardians" in February. "Weak box office performance like this will likely lead to chatter of a material writedown," wrote Marsh, in a note to clients.

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--By Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times