2 Guns Hits the Bullseye
'Smurfs 2' does not
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Denzel Washington, left, and Mark Wahlberg in a scene from "2 Guns."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Patti Perret)

(Newser) – Despite mediocre reviews, Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington shoot-em-up 2 Guns fired to No. 1 at the box office this weekend, with a $27.4 million US opening, the AP reports. It was a less explosive domestic debut for The Smurfs 2, which earned an underwhelming $18.2 million to take third place. Fortunately for producer Sony Pictures, the international market proved more interested in the '80s throwback, and the film grossed $52.5 million in foreign cinemas, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Sandwiched in between them at No. 3, was last week's No. 1 The Wolverine, which brought in $21.7 million. Rounding out the Top 5, The Conjuring took No. 4 with $13.6 million, and Despicable Me 2 grossed $10.4 million for No. 5. And at the specialty box office, the much-discussed Bret Easton Ellis-penned The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, failed to live up to the amount of press it received, earning just $15,200.

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Aug 5, 2013 8:49 AM CDT
Pacific fill it to the rim like brim
Aug 4, 2013 8:18 PM CDT
No accounting for taste imdb gives it 6.9 www.imdb.com/title/tt1272878/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 rotten tomatoes gives it 58%/76% www.rottentomatoes.com/m/2_guns/ & meta-critic gives it 55/100 & 6.9 user www.metacritic.com/movie/2-guns but hell, it couldn't be any worse then Smurfs 2, could it lol
Aug 4, 2013 8:03 PM CDT
Denzel has always been, imo a solid 8 out of ten actor. Always passionate, always into it. Which is great. But I don't think I have heard the guy change his delivery or tone in a very long time. Be it a bad guy or good guy he is practically the same person over and over again. There are just lots of little things so many other actors change about their approach for each different film that I feel constantly keep him from being up in that extraordinary conversation. He is just a realllllly consistent 2 trick pony, that has only done 1 trick for the last decade or more.