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'2 Guns' Blu-ray: Director discusses sequel and the race to climb 'Everest' first -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Tucked in between this summer’s CG blockbusters was an old-school buddy-movie that proved to be irresistible fun. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington played two bank robbers who shared only one thing in common: both were unaware that the other was working undercover. So when they knock off a bank they think is working with the drug cartels, only to find out that their stolen money really belongs to the CIA, all heck breaks loose. You could injure your neck trying to untangle all the back-stabbing and two-timing that unfolds… or you could just soak up the charming chemistry between the two alpha-male stars.

Baltasar Kormákur, who’d worked with Wahlberg on Contraband, revisits an action genre that ruled the 1980s, when big stars weren’t courting superhero roles and there was something fascinating about two big stars going head-to-head, like 48 HRS. or Tango & Cash. With 2 Guns‘ Blu-ray out on Tuesday, the Icelandic director discussed the prospects for a sequel, his new Everest movie with Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin, and what people don’t really appreciate enough about Mark Wahlberg.

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Box office report: 'Elysium' tops crowded weekend with $30.5 million; 'We're The Millers' strong in second

Matt Damon scored his best box office debut since leaving the Bourne franchise thanks to Elysium, which flew into first place this weekend with $30.5 million. The Neill Blomkamp-directed film started off smaller than his debut feature, District 9, which began with $37.4 million in 2009. That’s problematic for Sony, which entrusted the South African director with a $115 million budget for Elysium. If the film performs similarly to District 9, which ended its run with $115.6 million, it’s headed to a $94 million domestic finish; though, it seems unlikely that Elysium will have strong legs (even if they are robotically enhanced) given its tepid reception and “B” CinemaScore grade.

Elysium couldn’t match the debuts of fellow original sci-fi tales like Oblivion and Pacific Rim, both of which opened above $37 million earlier this year, but it did outdraw After Earth, which grossed a weak $27.5 million in its debut weekend. Elysium played best with men, who made up 61 percent of the crowd (sci-fi is now the only genre that reliably attracts more men than women), and it opened very well on 328 IMAX screens, which accounted for $4.9 million (16 percent) of its opening weekend total. Overall, the film earned a $9,287 average from 3,284 theaters.

The big winner of the weekend finished in second place. Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston’s R-rated pot comedy We’re the Millers smoked expectations with $26.6 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period. The film, which opened on Wednesday, has grossed $38 million in its first five days in theaters — already earning back its $37 million budget. We’re the Millers started in the same range as Horrible Bosses (another film starring Sudeikis and Aniston), which opened with $28.3 million en route to a $117.3 million finish, as well as The Campaign, which opened with $26.6 million on the same weekend last year.
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Box office update: 'Elysium' and 'We're the Millers' outpace 'Planes' on Friday

After a few lackluster weekends in a row, the box office ticked up on Friday thanks to the appeal of four new releases. The strongest of the quartet was Elysium, Sony’s $115 million sci-fi adventure starring Matt Damon, which grossed $11.2 million on its first day. Given the frontloaded nature of sci-fi films, Elysium may miss the $30 million mark and finish the weekend with $29 million — a substantial step down from director Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, which began with $37.4 million in 2009.

In second place, Jason Sudeikis’ and Jennifer Aniston’s comedic re-teaming We’re the Millers pulled in a hearty $8.5 million on its first Friday, which should lead to a $25.5 million weekend. Warner Bros. spent only $37 million on the R-rated comedy, and factoring in the $11.5 million the film grossed on Wednesday and Thursday, We’re the Millers will have matched that $37 million after five days in theaters.
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Box office preview: 'Elysium' may lift off faster than 'Planes'

This week, four new releases — Elysium, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Planes, and We’re the Millers — are flooding theaters, and they will likely take up the first four spots at the box office. Here’s how the chart might look this weekend:

1. Elysium – $32 million
Sony’s $115 million sci-fi film has the best shot at winning the weekend, though it may not be able to match the debut of director Neill Blomkamp’s first film, District 9, which opened with $37.4 million in 2009. Matt Damon’s star power will certainly draw crowds, but in a summer that’s been stuffed with sci-fi fare, Elysium is a high-concept original film arriving rather late to the party. Comparable titles include Oblivion, which opened with $37.1 million, and Pacific Rim, which opened with $37.2 million, but Elysium may have to work harder to reach those heights with an R rating. The film could open to about $32 million this weekend.
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Box office report: '2 Guns' blows away competition with $27.4 million weekend; 'Smurfs 2' stalls

It’s bizarre to think that 2 Guns and The Smurfs 2 are competitors in any regard, but the pics happened to open in theaters on the same weekend. While the R-rated, buddy thriller and the PG-rated CG and live action sequel about some mystical blue creatures probably aren’t drawing the same audience, in the wold of box office returns, only the winner matters. And it turns out that more people turned out for the male-dominated violent comedy than for another kid-friendly sequel.

2 Guns (CinemaScore: B+) opened at first place, earning an estimated $27.4 million for the weekend. This is a squarely solid opening for stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. According to exit polls, males, who comprised about 51 percent of the audience, gave the movie an A– CinemaScore. For director Baltasar Kormákur (The Deep), this opening is a career high. The charisma and chemistry of two stars seems key to the appeal, especially for a movie with such an ambiguous and generic “action” title.

Playing in 3,025 locations and averaging about $9,025 per screen, 2 Guns exceeded Universal’s expectations for the weekend, which had put the movie in the $20 million range. Co-financed by Emmett/Furla Films and Foresight Unlimited with an estimated production budget of about $61 million, the big question is: How the movie will fare in weeks to come? It remains to be seen whether or not the solid reviews and word-of-mouth buzz can help make it significant hit.

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Box office update: '2 Guns' blows past 'Smurfs 2' with a $10 million Friday

Here’s a tip: Never bring a Smurf sequel to a gun fight.

The Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg action pic 2 Guns proved to be a stronger contender this weekend than originally expected and walked away with an estimated $10 million on its first Friday in 3,025 theaters. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (The Deep), the $61 million movie finds a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer on the run together after a failed attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. At least at first, neither knows that the other is also undercover. Kormákur’s Contraband, which also starred Wahlberg, opened in January of 2012 at $24.3 million. While Wahlberg may be an erratic performer at the box office, Washington is more reliable — the actor’s last six movies all opened above $20 million. As recently as Thursday, Universal predicted a $20 million opening, which seems modest now, as 2 Guns will likely easily win the weekend with at least $30 million.

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'2 Guns': Bill Paxton explains how he became one of summer's best scene-stealers

As we say in our review of 2 Guns, don’t let the film’s August release date fool you into thinking it’s not one of summer’s funnest rides. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star as an undercover DEA agent and naval intelligence officer, respectively, who’ve infiltrated a narcotics syndicate with the goal of bringing down drug kingpin Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). The catch: Neither of them knows the other guy isn’t a real criminal until they receive orders to steal $3 million of Papi’s cash from a Savings & Loan but find $40 million more in the vault than they should. They have to work together, for real, to figure out who double-crossed them and how to save their asses from, among others, Earl (Bill Paxton), the bolo-tie-wearing, Russian-roulette-loving badass the CIA has tasked with tracking down its missing money. Here, Paxton talks about building the character, meeting Wahlberg in the ’90s, and his next films with Tom Cruise and Jon Hamm. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Will 'The Smurfs 2' beat 'The Wolverine' and Mark Wahlberg?

[UPDATED] On the surface, this weekend’s face-off between a sequel based on a Saturday morning cartoon and an R-rated action flick called 2 Guns sounds almost like a parody of the state of summer movie offerings.

The Smurfs 2 opened wide Wednesday, and the generically titled Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington feature hits theaters on Friday, and both will likely net out with similar earnings. Ultimately, even though neither movie seems destined to flop, both could be arriving a little too late to an over-saturated market. We’ve already seen a number of buddy action movies, including Pain and Gain, which also starred Wahlberg, and White House Down, and families have had at least a few animated options this summer alone.

Here’s how the weekend might play out:
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'2 Guns' red band trailer: Bad guys, big explosions, and money everywhere -- VIDEO

You know what’s better than one gun? 2 Guns. And you know what’s better than Mark Wahlberg starring in a big-budget action flick? Mark Wahlberg starring in a big-budget action flick with Denzel Washington. In case you’ve been craving an adrenaline-pumping buddy cop romp with guns, babes, money and bad guys galore, you have no reason to worry anymore: 2 Guns is finally coming to theaters this Friday, August 2. Wahlberg and Washington play two cops who have to work together to save their lives (and Paula Patton’s) when their covers are blown and some very bad people want to take them down.

You’ve probably already seen the trailer, but if you want something a bit naughtier (they say the “s” word!) and bloodier, then check out the new red band trailer below. READ FULL STORY

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