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Weekend Box Office Report: August 2-4, 2013

08.04.2013

2 Guns blazing at the box office!

Audiences were seeking a little action this weekend, and Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg cheerfully supplied it, putting 2 GUNS at the top with $27.1 million!

While that three-day total is hardly a record-setting opening (for either star), it's still a solid grab considering the bullet-riddled flick's R-rating and the fact that it's on around 900 fewer screens than either of the next two movies on the chart.

The $60M-budgeted odd-couple shoot-em-up, which reunited Wahlberg with his CONTRABAND director Baltasar Kormakur, seemed to please crowds ('B+' CinemaScore) more than critics (58% on Rotten Tomatoes), but that's fairly typical of straight-up actioners.

Coming in second place was Marvel's most macho mutant THE WOLVERINE with $21.7 million -- almost a 60% slash off its opening weekend. While Wolvie's soul-searching solo adventure is just about to stab the $100 million mark domestically, the X-man's trip to Japan is up to $255 million worldwide (ORIGINS finished with $373M globally).

In third place was the new release THE SMURFS 2 with $18.2 million (and $27.7 million since its Wednesday opening), which is not even half of what the first movie brought in over this same weekend two years ago.

After making $563 million worldwide on THE SMURFS, a sequel probably seemed like a safe bet for the studio. But even international audiences (who contributed 75% of the original's total) were cool to the little blue dudes (and Smurfette) -- the movie only opened with an additional $52 million overseas. Not a great summer for CG characters that don't come with Minion sidekicks or Pixar's brand.

The R-rated frightener THE CONJURING came in fourth with $13.6 million, floating past the $100 million mark in its third weekend of release (its total is about twice that of director James Wan's previous biggest efforts SAW and INSIDIOUS). DESPICABLE ME 2 continues to keep family crowds amused after five weeks as Gru and his adorable hench-things have collected an impressive $700 million worldwide.

The lower end of the chart begins with GROWN UPS 2 (jeez, half the movies in the Top 10 have a '2' in the title), followed by the stalled CG snail TURBO and the rickety senior spy sequel RED 2. THE HEAT still has some steam as it comes up on $150 million domestically, while PACIFIC RIM is about to plunge out of sight before hitting $100 million.

Outside the chart, THE WAY, WAY BACK and FRUITVALE STATION are still doing strong business on 1000 screens each, R.I.P.D. has been buried, and the limited-release teen drama THE SPECTACULAR NOW started with a decent $50k per-screen opening.

Next weekend brings the sci-fi thriller ELYSIUM (filmmaker Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to DISTRICT 9), Disney's PLANES (the CARS spinoff the toy division probably demanded), and on Wednesday, the R-rated road-trip comedy WE'RE THE MILLERS (with Jennifer Aniston as a stripper) plus PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (the fantasy sequel someone apparently wanted).

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. 2 Guns $27.3 M
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2. The Wolverine $21.7 M $95 M
3. The Smurfs 2 $18.2 M $27.7 M
4. The Conjuring $13.6 M $108.5 M
5. Despicable Me 2 $10.3 M $326.6 M
6. Grown Ups 2 $8.1 M $116.4 M
7. Turbo $6.4 M $69.4 M
8. Red 2 $5.6 M $45.1 M
9. The Heat $4.7 M $149.5 M
10. Pacific Rim $4.5 M $92.9 M

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7:54PM on 08/05/2013

2 BORING

2 Guns was a generic movie that I would have had a better time watching if I had caught it in a few years on USA Network while folding laundry at home.
2 Guns was a generic movie that I would have had a better time watching if I had caught it in a few years on USA Network while folding laundry at home.
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7:08PM on 08/05/2013

R-rating for 2 Guns

I saw 2 Guns this weekend,and it was a decent, fun little cop comedy. But I don't understand the R rating on this movie.. There was no blood, not much violence, it wasn't sexy or raunchy or anything controversial.. Why did it get such a rating?
I saw 2 Guns this weekend,and it was a decent, fun little cop comedy. But I don't understand the R rating on this movie.. There was no blood, not much violence, it wasn't sexy or raunchy or anything controversial.. Why did it get such a rating?
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11:29AM on 08/05/2013

Saw 2 of the top 3 this week

I got out to Wolverine Friday night and enjoyed it other than some obnoxious kid talking behind me and then I took the kids to see the Smurfs 2 on Saturday. The problem with the Smurfs 2 was they put so little thought into it and just didn't write anything close to witty dialogue. My 8 year old enjoyed it, but I thought it was trash. I hope that they don't make a 3rd if they continue to put no quality into it.
I got out to Wolverine Friday night and enjoyed it other than some obnoxious kid talking behind me and then I took the kids to see the Smurfs 2 on Saturday. The problem with the Smurfs 2 was they put so little thought into it and just didn't write anything close to witty dialogue. My 8 year old enjoyed it, but I thought it was trash. I hope that they don't make a 3rd if they continue to put no quality into it.
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8:55PM on 08/04/2013

"Pacific Rim is out about to plunge out of sight before hitting $100 million"

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE. Mo'fugger just crossed $200 million internationally alone, will hit $300 in total tomorrow.
"... No, no it can't be! I said it was over! I said the movie was a flop, that it was terrible! THIS IS IMPOSSIBRU" - every movie news site

Suddenly Pac Rim is looking like a success and I am Guillermo Del Totally Ok with that.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE. Mo'fugger just crossed $200 million internationally alone, will hit $300 in total tomorrow.
"... No, no it can't be! I said it was over! I said the movie was a flop, that it was terrible! THIS IS IMPOSSIBRU" - every movie news site

Suddenly Pac Rim is looking like a success and I am Guillermo Del Totally Ok with that.
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9:02PM on 08/04/2013
This guy. [link]
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9:22PM on 08/04/2013
While I wish it was doing better because I love del Toro, "success" is relative. The general rule of thumb is that a movie needs to make back TWICE its production budget in worldwide box office just to break even, and (since it cost close to $200M, even before prints & promotion) PACIFIC RIM has a ways to go just to hit that. Sorry...
While I wish it was doing better because I love del Toro, "success" is relative. The general rule of thumb is that a movie needs to make back TWICE its production budget in worldwide box office just to break even, and (since it cost close to $200M, even before prints & promotion) PACIFIC RIM has a ways to go just to hit that. Sorry...
3:21AM on 08/05/2013
Pacific what? lol I'll wait to rent or download. Whichever comes first.
Pacific what? lol I'll wait to rent or download. Whichever comes first.
4:25AM on 08/05/2013
500 mill? That's what you need to get yourself a boat out of denial?
Come back next week.
500 mill? That's what you need to get yourself a boat out of denial?
Come back next week.
9:21AM on 08/05/2013
While I'm not the biggest fan of the movie. There's no denying it's making bank overseas. It just opened in China and made $45 million in 5 days and it still has Spain, Brazil and Japan (where it's projected to make buku dollars). So you people can hate all you want, but do your HomeWork before you start making silly comments bashing a films box office without knowing the facts, because then you just make yourself look stupid.
While I'm not the biggest fan of the movie. There's no denying it's making bank overseas. It just opened in China and made $45 million in 5 days and it still has Spain, Brazil and Japan (where it's projected to make buku dollars). So you people can hate all you want, but do your HomeWork before you start making silly comments bashing a films box office without knowing the facts, because then you just make yourself look stupid.
9:32AM on 08/05/2013
@DaveDavis dont believe that old Hollywood wives tale. the truth is, Hollywood types only call it a success if they get 2 dollars in their pockets for every one they put in. look at it this way, though. if you head a studio and invest $100m in a film today, and a year later get a check for all your money back plus $5m, thats not a bad year. better than the shit return i get on my savings!
@DaveDavis dont believe that old Hollywood wives tale. the truth is, Hollywood types only call it a success if they get 2 dollars in their pockets for every one they put in. look at it this way, though. if you head a studio and invest $100m in a film today, and a year later get a check for all your money back plus $5m, thats not a bad year. better than the shit return i get on my savings!
10:19AM on 08/05/2013
Sorry, that's the math. Studios don't get ALL of a movie's box office total, they get a percentage (which is even smaller from international grosses). And since they can spend way over $100M on prints & advertising for a big movie, they need to make that much MORE to get into the black. Granted, every case is different and it depends on the property and profile -- tons of additional money can be generated from ancillary revenue opportunities like merchandising, or big agreements for home
Sorry, that's the math. Studios don't get ALL of a movie's box office total, they get a percentage (which is even smaller from international grosses). And since they can spend way over $100M on prints & advertising for a big movie, they need to make that much MORE to get into the black. Granted, every case is different and it depends on the property and profile -- tons of additional money can be generated from ancillary revenue opportunities like merchandising, or big agreements for home video/cable. But the general rule of thumb still makes sense. There's a big difference between the perception of success, and actual success.

Sadly in the past decade or so, the "go big or go home" attitude is the rule instead of the exception -- instead of spending $50M to make $200M, studios and production companies would rather spend $200M and try to make a billion. But that doesn't happen as often as they'd like, and then they have a huge red mark like LONE RANGER on their books.

And yes, the notorious "Hollywood accounting" can make anything seem unprofitable if it benefits them somehow (look up the infamous story about Harry Potter losing money), but no doubt somebody somewhere has some full pockets, regardless of what any movie officially makes....
11:44AM on 08/05/2013
I am well aware of how ticket prices break down.
And I never said "WOWEE ZOWWEE PACIFIC RIM IS JUST RAKING IN THE BUCKS THE SEQUEL MUST HAVE BEEN GREENLIGHTED" (I'd actually prefer to not have a sequel - I want At the Mountains of Madness).
I'm saying it's on the turnaround. It's not the flop everyone predicted.
And hardly anybody's going to talk about it, because they wrote the story of the film 36 hours after it opened in one territory.
I am well aware of how ticket prices break down.
And I never said "WOWEE ZOWWEE PACIFIC RIM IS JUST RAKING IN THE BUCKS THE SEQUEL MUST HAVE BEEN GREENLIGHTED" (I'd actually prefer to not have a sequel - I want At the Mountains of Madness).
I'm saying it's on the turnaround. It's not the flop everyone predicted.
And hardly anybody's going to talk about it, because they wrote the story of the film 36 hours after it opened in one territory.
11:59AM on 08/05/2013
And I never labeled it a flop, I said it hasn't reached $100 million domestically. Last week I commented that it was doing well overseas. But I'm not going to keep painting a sunny picture of a movie's performance just because I like the filmmaker. It still has to make a SHITLOAD of money just to break even, never mind "success". (And for the record, I placed it at #4 on the JoBlo staff's summer box office prediction contest, so obviously I hoped and expected it to perform better.)
And I never labeled it a flop, I said it hasn't reached $100 million domestically. Last week I commented that it was doing well overseas. But I'm not going to keep painting a sunny picture of a movie's performance just because I like the filmmaker. It still has to make a SHITLOAD of money just to break even, never mind "success". (And for the record, I placed it at #4 on the JoBlo staff's summer box office prediction contest, so obviously I hoped and expected it to perform better.)
10:41AM on 08/06/2013
Haha Jeff Knite spelt "beaucoup" "buku"....
Haha Jeff Knite spelt "beaucoup" "buku"....
8:13PM on 08/04/2013

2 Guns

Was a good, solid R-rated film. Denzel did his thang (which he pretty much does in all his roles these days) and Marky Mark was pretty funny with the one-liners. Plus topless Paula Patton. Nothing great, but definitely worth checking out. 8/10
Was a good, solid R-rated film. Denzel did his thang (which he pretty much does in all his roles these days) and Marky Mark was pretty funny with the one-liners. Plus topless Paula Patton. Nothing great, but definitely worth checking out. 8/10
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3:37PM on 08/04/2013

Grown Ups 2

I didn't hate it but didn't like it either. It is really mind blowing that it has made as much as it does because it is the definition of a phoned in film. Not once did I feel that Sandler was trying.
I didn't hate it but didn't like it either. It is really mind blowing that it has made as much as it does because it is the definition of a phoned in film. Not once did I feel that Sandler was trying.
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2:28PM on 08/04/2013
So glad to see The Conjuring finally passing $100 million domestically. It was a great film and deserves all the success it has been receiving.

And glad to read that the Way Way Back is doing well too. I haven't seen it yet, but it looks like a good coming of age film.
So glad to see The Conjuring finally passing $100 million domestically. It was a great film and deserves all the success it has been receiving.

And glad to read that the Way Way Back is doing well too. I haven't seen it yet, but it looks like a good coming of age film.
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2:18PM on 08/04/2013
Saw 2 Guns, it was pretty good. Denzel and Mark work well together and they had a lot of funny moments. Worth seeing at middle of the day.
Saw 2 Guns, it was pretty good. Denzel and Mark work well together and they had a lot of funny moments. Worth seeing at middle of the day.
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