Weekend Box Office: “2 Guns” does OK, “Smurfs” bombs, and “Sharknado”?

ImageUniversal’s “2 Guns” paired up Oscar winner Denzel Washington with buddy picture king Mark Wahlberg, was directed by Wahlberg’s “Contraband” director and cost only about $60 million.

Projections for how well it would do ranged from $25-30, and that’s where it’s landing — on a pace for $27 million according to Thursday late night and all-day Friday showings.

Saturday is more important to kids’ cartoons, but the Wednesday opener “Smurfs 2” is fizzling already. An $18 million weekend, $25 since Wed. It’ll do better overseas, but seriously, enough already.

“The Wolverine” has lost a big share of audience and will manage about $18-19 million. Summer comic book movie fatigue has set in, at long last.

Friday night’s nationwide midnight showings of the intentionally awful $2 million SyFy Channel movie “Sharknado” were pretty robust — in NYC, LA and Boston. A communal “Snakes on a Plane” experience had it selling out in many theaters.

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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