Producer Randall Emmett Aiming to Make 2 GUNS Sequel Called 3 GUNS

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Even though 2 Guns didn’t approach its August release as a top priority of summer 2013, it still managed to open at #1 with a $27.1 million domestic debut and then go on to take a total of $131.9 million worldwide, earning itself some sequel talk.

The film featured Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as Robert Trench and Michael Stigman, two criminals out to make a killing by stealing big money from a drug lord – or so they think. Turns out, Trench is really a DEA agent and Stigman is a U.S. Navy intelligence officer and both are working the same case from different angles. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel goes awry, they’re both renounced by their respective agencies and left to fend for themselves, forcing them to work together. Hit the jump to find out what could come next in the sequel.

2 GUNS Blu-ray Review

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2 Guns partners Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in a buddy cop-esque action comedy.  Considering the talent involved, it goes more for the action that jokes, but with a strong supporting cast and enough twists and turns to keep things interesting, it proves to be one of the most entertaining (albeit fairly dumb) summer action movies of the year.  My review of 2 Guns follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: THE WORLD’S END, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 Collector’s Edition, 2 GUNS, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

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Friday Box Office: ELYSIUM on Top Opening Day; May Face Close Race with PLANES to Win the Weekend

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Two wide releases opened Friday: the sci-fi effort Elysium is in first place with $11.2 million—the Disney cartoon Planes follows in third with $8.1 million.  However, Planes should see the animation bump on Saturday and Sunday.  Epic and The Croods (recent animated movies that opened on a Friday in the same box office range) earned 72-73% of their weekend box office on Saturday and Sunday.  If Planes follows a similar path, it should reach $28-31 million for the weekend.  Elysium is more likely to resemble recent actioners 2 Guns and Pacific Rim, which peaked on Friday and grossed 61-63% of their weekend box office on Saturday and Sunday.  That track would also land Elysium in the $28-31 million range for the weekend, so it could be a close race.

We’re the Millers opened Wednesday and looks good in second place with $8.5 million, on its way to making back the listed $37 million budget by Monday.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters also opened Wednesday, and lags behind with a $4.9 million Friday.  Check back tomorrow for full details on the weekend box office.

Title Friday Total
1. Elysium $11,200,000 $11.2
2. We’re the Millers
$8,510,000 $20.0
3. Planes $8,105,000 $8.1
4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
$4,900,000 $13.8
5. 2 Guns
$3,400,000 $40.8

Weekend Box Office: 2 GUNS Leads with $27.3 Million; SMURFS 2 Struggles in Third

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Universal’s 2 Guns took top honors at the domestic box with an estimated $27.3 million this weekend. That’s a solid debut: meaning the action comedy is neither a disappointment nor a breakout hit. But this morning’s bigger story may be Sony’s Smurfs 2. Two years after The Smurfs became a surprise blockbuster worldwide, the sequel is failing to generate interest at the domestic box office.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  2 Guns $27,300,000 $27.3
2.  The Wolverine $21,725,000 $95
3.  Smurfs 2 $18,200,000 $27.7
4.  The Conjuring $13,660,000 $108.5
5.  Despicable Me 2 $10,391,000 $326.6
6.  Grown Ups 2 $8,100,000 $116.4
7.  Turbo $6,400,000 $69.4
8.  Red 2 $5,650,000 $45.1
9.  The Heat $4,725,000 $145.5
10.  Pacific Rim $4,570,000 $92.9

TOP 5: First Trailer for THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, 2 GUNS Interviews, AMERICAN HUSTLE, Short Film TRUTH IN JOURNALISM, TCA Press Tour Coverage

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As great a time as I’ve had at the movies this summer, basking in the glow of giant blockbuster after giant blockbuster, watching The Way, Way Back last weekend was a relief. A barely average waterpark stood in place of the massive action set pieces I had grown accustomed to. A teenager from a broken home struggling to find a shred of self-confidence was the substitute for the oft-used extinction of civilization as we know it stake. Although I hesitate to call the film great (I would reserve that attribute for the similarly-themed Adventureland if pressed), it was exactly what I needed at the time: a small-scale comedy/drama with both feet planted firmly on the ground and characters I could invest in. With films like The Way, Way Back currently playing nationwide, if you’re still suffering from blockbuster sensory overload then you only have yourself to blame.

My recommendation for curing the common blockbuster aside, this week’s Top 5 includes the moving first trailer for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2 Guns interviews with director Baltasar Kormakur and more, the first trailer and official images from David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, Joe Lynch‘s very cool short film Truth in Journalism featuring one of my favorite Marvel characters, and our own Christina Radish covering the heck out of the TCA Press Tour with Breaking Bad, Homeland, and Game of Thrones related posts. Let’s meet on the other side of the jump for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: 2 GUNS Shoots Past SMURFS 2 with $10 Million on Opening Day

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Summer 2013 reached its pinnacle in July: closing as the second-most lucrative month of all time behind July 2011. Of course, after you reach the top, there is nowhere to go but down so.. welcome to August!

On the first Friday of summer’s final month, 2 Guns was the clear winner. The action comedy earned an estimated $10 million from 3,025 locations, including $1.27 million from Thursday night previews. Universal was expecting 2 Guns to hit $23 million through Sunday (about what White House Down earned for its June debut) but it looks like the R-rated release is aiming now for a debut of $28 million or higher. The weekend’s second new title actually caught the tail end of July. On Wednesday, Smurfs 2 opened in first place with $5.2 million from 3,866 locations. Based on Friday’s estimate, Smurfs 2 is expected to earn $18 million through Sunday, or about half of what The Smurfs realized in its first weekend back in July 2011.  We’ll have full details on this weekend’s box office tomorrow.

 Title   Friday   Total
1.  2 Guns   $10,000,000   $10
2.  The Wolverine   $6,425,000   $79.7
3.  Smurfs 2   $5,500,000   $15
4.  The Conjuring   $4,325,000   $99.2
5.  Despicable Me 2
  $3,100,000   $319.7

Director Baltasar Kormakur Talks 2 GUNS, HBO’s THE MISSIONARY, EVEREST, What he Collects, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Baltasar Kormakur‘s (Contraband) actioner 2 Guns.  The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong.  The film also stars Bill Paxton, Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos.  For more on 2 Guns, here’s the red band trailer and six clips.

At the recent New York City press day I got to speak with Kormakur.  He talked about making 2 Guns, how it compared to his previous films, deleted scenes, what he collects, the status of HBO’s The Missionary, and more.  In addition, with Kormakur hard at work prepping his next film Everest, he talked about the recent casting announcements, where and when they’re filming, could they use IMAX cameras, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

2 GUNS Review

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There are two kinds of machismo.  The first is authentic.  It comes from guys who are confident, tough, and perhaps a little cocky.  The other is posturing.  It’s a puffed-up chest and a general over-compensation for a variety of obvious weaknesses.  2 Guns has both, but far more of the latter than the former.  The chemistry between leads Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg provide all the spark, verve, and excitement the rest of the picture lacks.  Outside of its two leads, Baltasar Kormakur‘s action movie is a lumbering, convoluted mess of various players shuffling around the protagonists through a series of limp set pieces.

Producer Randall Emmett Talks 2 GUNS, EVEREST, Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE, WITCH HUNTER with Vin Diesel, MONOPOLY, LONE SURVIVOR, and Much More

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While you might not know the name Randall Emmett, it’s likely you’ve seen at least one of the eighty films he’s produced.  And with his company now funding higher profile movies like 2 Guns, Lone Survivor, Escape Plan, and many others, he’s definitely making a name for himself in Hollywood.  A few days ago in New York City, I sat down with him for an extended interview.  Here are a few things I learned about some of his upcoming projects:

  • Baltasar Kormákur‘s Everest is in pre-production.  Filming will begin in November and will take place in the Italian Alps, Nepal, and on stages in London.  Cast is in final negotiations.
  • Martin Scorsese’s Silence starts filming next June.  Scorsese has already been on location scouts.
  • Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel starts production in February, directly after Diesel finishes Fast & Furious 7.
  • They just secured writers for Monopoly, which centers on a father and son.
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos will be a blend of 2D and CG animation.
  • What happened to Red Sonja?  Casting was always a big issue, the script was never right, and they had a bunch of different directors coming in and out.

Hit the jump for how 2 Guns came together, working with director Peter Berg on Lone Survivor, how he’s able to finance movies, how he started as Wahlberg’s assistant many years ago, what happened with Buck Rogers, the status of another Rambo, how Escape Plan is a contemporary version of an 80s film, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington Talk 2 GUNS, Teaming Up for the First Time, Improv, FRUITVALE STATION, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Baltasar Kormakur‘s (Contraband) actioner 2 Guns.  The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong.  The film also stars Bill Paxton, Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos.  For more on 2 Guns, here’s the red band trailer and six clips.

At the recent New York City press day I got to participate in a press conference with Washington and Wahlberg.  They talked about teaming up for the first time, how the project came together, improv, the script, how physically punishing the roles were, and more.  In addition, Washington talked about his love for Fruitvale Station (which he’d seen the night before).  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

New Red-Band Trailer for 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg

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A new restricted trailer for Baltasar Kormákur’s 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, is now online.  While the new cut does recycle some jokes and scenes witnessed in the first trailer, there’s enough here to warrant a watch.  The rapport between Washington and Wahlberg is spot on and the supporting cast – featuring Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos – is strong as well.  I can’t decide if 2 Guns is merely the newest iteration of a Lethal Weapon or Bad Boys-type “buddy cop” action-crime-comedy, or if they’re bringing something more original to the table.  Either way, it looks like a definite must-watch when it opens in theaters this weekend.

Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer.  If you like what you see, make sure to check out these recently-released clips and images, too. 

6 Clips from 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg

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Universal Pictures has released six clips from the upcoming action film, 2 GunsDenzel Washington plays a DEA agent who reluctantly teams up with a U.S. naval intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg) to infiltrate and bring down a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions of dollars.  Speaking to Steve at CinemaCon, director Baltasar Kormakur said it’s a “pulpy comic adaptation that’s ‘probably closer to 48 Hrs. than Bad Boys.‘”  Kormakur also says that there’s less action than in his previous film, Contraband, but “hopefully there is more fun in the action than necessarily big explosions.”  I’m not watching these clips since I’m seeing the movie tomorrow, but I liked what I saw from the trailer.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film also stars Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos2 Guns opens August 2nd.

14 New Images from KICK-ASS 2 Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Plus 6 New Images from 2 GUNS

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We’ve got a collection of new images from the following films:

  • Kick-Ass 2 – From director Jeff Wadlow comes this sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 original.  Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison and Morris Chestnut, Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.
  • 2 Guns – The Baltasar Kormákur-directed action crime comedy based on the Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco graphic novels stars Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.

Hit the jump to see the new images from both movies.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See 2 GUNS

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Summer 2013 has seen two good buddy-cop-style movies with White House Down and The Heat, and hopefully it has one more with 2 GunsDenzel Washington plays a DEA agent who reluctantly teams up with a U.S. naval intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg) to infiltrate and bring down a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions of dollars.  Washington and Wahlberg seem like an odd pairing, but judging by the trailer, they’ve got some good chemistry and a unique dynamic that could be a lot of fun.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 10 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of 2 Guns.  The film also stars Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos2 Guns opens August 2nd.

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