Early last week many had expected The Smurfs 2 to take the top spot this weekend at the US box office, but in the end it had to settle for the number three spot. Topping the list was 2 Guns, with the Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington action flick taking a solid but unspectacular $27.3 million. Many have suggested that the fact the marketing concentrated on the stars and said little about the story may have held the film back.
The second weekend of The Wolverine took second spot with $21.7 million, which is a pretty steep drop of 60% from its first weekend, but it was still enough to beat Smurfs 2. The little blue men took $18.7 of the weekend and $27.7 million since if opened last Wednesday. That’s behind the $35 million of the first film and the lowest start of any of this summer’s family film. Even Turbo, which most considered a flop, started better.
It’s now going to have to hope that like the first movie its gross will hold up over the coming weeks and turn it into a true hit (and also that it makes a lot of cash internationally).
Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of August 2nd-4th.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|3||The Smurfs 2||$18.2||$27.7|
|5||Despicable Me 2||$10.3||$326.6|
|6||Grown Ups 2||$8.1||$116.4|