'2 Guns' Box Office Tops The Chart As 'Smurfs 2' Posts A Disappointing Total


The Universal film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg pulled the trigger to capture the top spot with $27.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The picture is based on a graphic novel of the same name and features Washington as a DEA agent and Wahlberg as a Naval Intelligence officer who must team up for an undercover operation involving drug traffickers and the CIA.

Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, said "2 Guns" opened at the studio's expectations and attributed the film's success to Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur and the first-time pairing of Washington and Wahlberg.
 "It was super casting," she said. "There was remarkable chemistry. The two of them work so well together. You see it on screen. Baltasar really gave them the energy to be able to do what they did in this film."
 
Fox's Japan-set superhero flick "The Wolverine" starring Hugh Jackman as the clawed warrior scratched out the No. 2 spot with $21.7 million in its second weekend, bringing the Marvel icon's total domestic haul to $95 million. "Wolverine" earned another $38.5 million in 67 international territories.

"The Smurfs 2" launched in the No. 3 position with $18.2 million. While Sony's kid-friendly computer-generated sequel based on the blue-hued cartoon franchise debuted below expectations in North America, "Smurfs 2" earned a bright $52.5 million in 43 international markets.

The Warner Bros. haunted house tale "The Conjuring" crossed the $100 million mark at No. 4 domestically after exorcising $13.7 million in its third weekend.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included:
1. "2 Guns,"$27.4 million.
2. "The Wolverine," $21.7 million ($38.5 million international).
3. "The Smurfs 2," $18.2 million ($52.5 million international).
4. "The Conjuring," $13.7 million ($11.6 million international).
5. "Despicable Me 2," $10.4 million ($13.8 million international).
6. "Grown Ups 2," $8.1 million ($2.8 million international).
7. "Turbo," $6.4 million ($6.9 million international).
8. "Red 2," $5.6 million ($9.3 million international).
9. "The Heat," $4.7 million ($6.9 million international).
10. "Pacific Rim," $4.6 million ($53 million international).

Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:
1. "Pacific Rim," $53 million.
2. "The Smurfs 2," $52.5 million.
3. "The Wolverine," $38.5 million.
4. "Snowpiercer," $18 million.
5. "Despicable Me 2," $13.8 million.
6. "Now You See Me," $13.1 million.
7. "The Conjuring," $11.6 million.
8. "Monsters University," $11.4 million.
9. "The Terror Live," $9.5 million.
10. "Red 2," $9.3 million.


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