Weekend Box Office: Will “2 Guns” hit $30 million?


Mark Wahlberg brought his “Contraband” director in for this buddy picture/action comedy. Do Denzel and Mark W. have what it takes to cook up a box office hit?

Reviewers aren’t exactly swooning over it. (58% on Rottentomatoes).

The Box Office Guru figures that even as the summer winds down, this picture has $30 million in the tank.

Box Office Mojo doesn’t figure the film will open under $30. He’s saying more — closer to $40, maybe.

That’ll best “The Smurfs 2,” which as Ray Subers at Mojo says, will make most of its money overseas. That one should have a Wed-Sunday opening in the $30-35 million range. It was on a pace to do worse than “Turbo” as of Wed/Thursday, so we’ll see.

Will “Fruitvale Station” stay in the Top ten? It did a whopping $4.7 million or so on its opening weekend. If this critically acclaimed drama is to have awards buzz, it needs to be a summer phenomenon and stick around until Sept. It’s already at $9 million.

“The Spectacular Now” opens in limited release. If it’s in your town, see it. Like Fruitvale, one of the best pictures of the summer.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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