’2 Guns’ blasts its way to top of box office

LOS ANGELES – 2 Guns is No. 1 at the .

The starring Denzel Washington and pulled the trigger to capture the top spot with $27.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

2 Guns is based on a of the same name and features Washington as a and Wahlberg as a Naval Intelligence officer who must team up for an involving and the CIA.

Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, said 2 Guns opened at the studio’s expectations and attributed the film’s success to Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur and the first-time pairing of Washington and Wahlberg.

“It was super casting,” she said. “There was remarkable chemistry. The two of them work so well together. You see it on screen. Baltasar really gave them the energy to be able to do what they did in this film.”

The Japan-set superhero flick The Wolverine starring as the clawed warrior scratched out the No. 2 spot with $21.7 million in its second weekend, bringing the Marvel icon’s total domestic haul to $95 million.

Made-in-Montreal The Smurfs 2 launched in the No. 3 position with $18.2 million. While the kid-friendly computer-generated sequel based on the blue-hued cartoon franchise debuted below expectations in North America, Smurfs 2 earned $52.5 million in 43 .

“It is one of those films that seems to resonate on every continent,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution. “We have about 36 big territories to go, including China. They love the blue ones.”

The tale The Conjuring crossed the $100 million mark at No. 4 after exorcising $13.7 million in its third weekend.

Elsewhere at the box office, favourite The Spectacular Now starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley earned $190,000 in four theatres in its debut weekend, while The Canyons made just $16,000 at two theatres, though “Canyons” distributor IFC Films said the erotic thriller starring Lindsay Lohan is performing strongly through video-on-demand services.

Other smaller films continued to perform solidly at the box office, including Sundance winner Fruitvale Station with $2.7 million in 1,086 theatres and director Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine with $2 million in 50 theatres.

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