The action flick starring
“2 Guns,” financed by production company Emmett/Furla Films for $61 million, marks yet another win for Washington. The 58-year-old has proved to be one of the most reliable box office draws in Hollywood -- particularly when he appears in action movies. His last five films -- including “Safe House” and “
The movie also puts Wahlberg, 42, back on the right track after the actor suffered two flops this year in “Pain & Gain” and “
Surprisingly, the opening weekend crowd for “2 Guns” was just a smidge more female than male, as 51% of the audience were women. Those who saw the movie were generally older -- 77% were over the age of 25 -- and assigned the film an average grade of B+, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
With its slow start in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, "The Smurfs 2" won't gross the $142.6 million the original did domestically. But like the first film, the second should be ultimately successful because of international ticket sales, which comprised 74% of the original's $563.7-million worldwide tally.
"We hoped for more domestically, but internationally, it's well on its way to being a huge success," said Rory Bruer, distribution president for
This weekend, "The Smurfs 2" launched in 43 foreign markets and collected $52.5 million -- down 4% from the original's launch. The movie did best in Russia, where it grossed $5.4 million but also collected a solid $4.2 million in France, where Culliford's characters are particularly popular. The sequel has yet to open in 40 countries, including China, where the first film was most successful with almost $40 million in sales.
While critics loathed the picture in the U.S., audiences still enjoyed it, assigning the family film an average grade of A-. Roughly 63% of the crowd was female, and the same percentage was under the age of 25.
"All is good in our blue world. It’s a franchise we love and are going to continue forward in a big way with," said Bruer, confirming that the studio will make a third "Smurfs" movie.