B.O. Roundup, August 2-4: '2 Guns' Outdraws 'Smurfs 2'

Sunday, 04 August 2013 08:51 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, August 2-4: '2 Guns' Outdraws 'Smurfs 2'

America, it's been pointed out many times, loves its guns.  America also tends to love Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

So we can do some basic arithmetic here and determine that a movie titled 2 Guns starring Washington and Wahlberg opened in first place at the domestic box office this weekend.

Last week's number one movie, The Wolverine, dropped down a notch to second place, while The Smurfs 2 debuted with less fanfare than expected, coming in third place.

2 Guns, which reunites Wahlberg with his Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur, grossed $27.3 million from 3,025 locations, according to estimates from distributor Universal Pictures.  The movie has the benefit of simplicity, as it's essentially a buddy-cop action-comedy following a pair of undercover agents who have both been unwittingly investigating each other and must team up to stop whomever has been pulling their strings.  Surprisingly, given the thoroughly masculine nature of the movie, 2 Guns proved more popular with women this weekend, as 51% of attendees were ladies.

After a few underwhelming debuts this year, 2 Guns finds Wahlberg back on solid opening weekend ground.  More importantly, it continues Washington's streak as one of the few consistently reliable leading men out there, particularly in the action realm, where he's recently succeeded with Safe House and Unstoppable.

The Wolverine declined pretty steeply, but the more notable story is The Smurfs 2, which opened last Wednesday.  Over the weekend proper, the Raja Gosnell-directed sequel earned an estimated $18.2 million from 3,866 locations for a total so far of $27.7 million.  That mid-week opening makes a direct comparison to The Smurfs a bit less fitting, but it seems clear already that The Smurfs 2 is unlikely to reach the $142.6 million domestic total of Sony's first live-action crack at Peyo's little blue creatures.

Here's the thing, though: The Smurfs made $421.1 million internationally back in 2011, so The Smurfs 2 is obviously expected to do a whole lot more business around the world.  The sequel opened in 43 foreign markets this weekend and grossed an estimated $52.2 million abroad.  With 40 markets still remaining, including China, where the first movie proved very popular, The Smurfs 2 will prove strong enough to justify a third Smurfs from Sony.

Here are the top ten domestic releases according to current estimates:

1. 2 Guns                                    $27.3 million               New Release

2. The Wolverine                        $21.7 million              $95.0 million

3. The Smurfs 2                          $18.2 million              $27.7 million

4. The Conjuring                        $13.6 million              $108.5 million

5. Despicable Me 2                     $10.3 million              $326.6 million

6. Grown Ups 2                           $8.1 million               $116.4 million

7. Turbo                                       $6.4 million               $69.4 million

8. Red 2                                       $5.6 million               $45.1 million

9. The Heat                                  $4.7 million               $149.5 million

10. Pacific Rim                            $4.5 million               $92.9 million

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and We're the Millers are set to provide moviegoers with two very different options on Wednesday, with Elysium and Planes providing further diversity on Friday.

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