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2 Guns tops US box office with $27.4 million as Smurfs 2 flops

2 Guns

Story by Jack Foley

DENZEL Washington and Mark Wahlberg action thriller 2 Guns has shot to the top of the US box office with a solid $27.4 million debut.

Directed by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur, who last teamed up with Wahlberg on Contraband, 2 Guns follows a DEA agent (Washington) and a Naval Intelligence officer (Wahlberg) who must work together after they are set up by the CIA.

Commentng on the film’s performance, which appealed more to older audiences, Universal president of domestic distribution Nikki Rocco said: “We’re very happy to have the No. 1 opening in North America for the seventh time this year.

“I think the chemistry between Washington and Wahlberg was a big draw. Adults really enjoyed the film.”

In second place was holdover title The Wolverine, which took a further $21.7 million in its second weekend to bring its American total to $95 million.

The Hugh Jackman star vehicle also continued to perform well overseas, including the UK, taking a further $160.2 million to bring its world-wide total after two weeks to $255.2 million.

That meant The Smurfs 2 limped to third place with $18.2 million. It opened on Wednesday in the US and its five day take is $27.3 million, compared to the $35.6 million opening of the original The Smurfs in late July 2011.

Sony Pictures is hoping that the film will perform much bigger internationally and, during its first weekend (where it also opened in the UK) the film generated $52.5 million for a world-wide total of $80.3 million.

Acknowledging that the US figures were disappointing, however, Sony president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer commented: “It’s a bit of a bummer how it performed here, but it’s set to do big business on the world stage. To be at $80 million-plus at this point with many major markets yet to go, including China, we are in a great position. It will be hugely successful for the studio.”

Rounding out the US top five were horror hit The Conjuring in fourth position and animated juggernaut Despicable Me 2, which grossed $10.4 million to place fifth and push its US total to $326.7 million.

Overseas, the animated adventure, featuring the voice of Steve Carell, has now earned $387 million for a worldwide total of $713.7 million.

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