Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg yukked and shot their way to #1 in their debut, taking the top spot over last week’s #1, James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” and beating out fellow studio newcomer “The Smurfs 2″, which opened weakly at #3. This, after the first movie shocked the world with $563 million just two years ago. With emphasis on world. While clearly-reprehensible Stateside moviegoers contributed their fair share to the first “Smurfs'” huge box office, it was the in-dire-need-of-lobotomy overseas market that helped the blue freaks really cleaned up to the tune of $421 million. It’s looking likely that the sequel will follow the first movie’s pattern, as while “The Smurfs 2″ only made $18.2 million in its Stateside 3-day debut, it’s already earned double that, $52 million overseas.
But back to “2 Guns”. The action movie, based on a comic book of the same name, starred Washington and Wahlberg as opposing lawmen who team up to battle a common enemy. The film earned the top spot with $27 million in its debut, knocking “The Wolverine” down one spot to #2.
In two weeks, “The Wolverine” continues to chug along, and while it’s not showing off eye-popping numbers, it is doing quite well. The comic book sequel has already earned $95 million Stateside and $159 million overseas, giving it $254 million worldwide. The first Wolverine solo outing, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” capped off at $373 million worldwide, so “The Wolverine” still has a ways to go. Will it get there? Only time will tell. It has, though, far surpassed its $120 million budget (more than doubling it, in fact), so that’s good news for anyone hoping for the future adventures of the fiery Canucklehead.
In other box office news of interest, Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” continues to climb that big mountain toward a sequel. While the film has since lost all steam Stateside, it continues to push on forward overseas, and has currently earned $293 million worldwide. That’s still way, way below what it’ll probably need to earn in order to justify an expensive sequel, considering that the first movie cost a whopping $190 million to make. As I said when articles about the sci-fi actioner possibly getting a sequel was going around last week, it still has a long, long ways to go yet.
Via : Box Office Mojo