The battle of the boys in blue went to Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as 2 Guns claimed the top spot over The Smurfs 2 this weekend. The buddy-cop filmed took down $27 million according to box office estimates. This further solidifies Washington’s status as one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars—eleven out of his last twelve movies have opened to over $20 million.
The Wolverine dropped almost 60% to take second with $21.7 million. This puts the film at $95 million for its first ten days. This is just under X-Men: First Class’ $98 million and the original X-Men’s $99 million at the same point. However, international numbers are strong and will likely give The Wolverine a larger worldwide number when all is said and done.
The Conjuring holds steady with $13.6 million in its third weekend for a total of $108 million so far. The R-rated supernatural horror film now has a domestic gross higher than all Paranormal Activity movies, and looks to pass The Grudge and The Ring by next week.
Despicable Me rounds out the top 5 with $10 million on the weekend. It passes Shrek The Third as the fifth highest grossing animated movie of all time (domestic)
Here is the weekend top ten (in millions), according to estimates:
1. 2 Guns – $27.3
2. The Wolverine – $21.7
3. Smurfs 2 – $18.2
4. The Conjuring – $13.6
5. Despicable Me – $10.3
6. Grown Ups 2 – $8.1
7. Turbo – $6.4
8. Red 2 – $5.6
9. The Heat – $4.7
10. Pacific Rim – $4.5