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

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

Hank Azaria Talks SMURFS 2, Acting With a Cat, Shooting in Paris, Whether he Prefers Voice Acting or Live Action, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 20 days ago

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Opening in theaters this week is Raja Gosnell’s Smurfs 2.  The film picks up three years after the first installment when Gargamel (Hank Azaria), now a successful Paris-based stage magician, devises a plan to become the most powerful wizard on earth by kidnapping Smurfette (Katy Perry) and stealing her Smurf-essence.  When the little blue guys team up to rescue Smurfette they turn to old friends Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace (Jayma Mays) for help, and set off to Paris for  an adventure that has a surprisingly genuine message about identity and the meaning of family.  Smurfs 2 also stars Brendan Gleeson, Christina Ricci, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, George Lopez, and John Oliver.

At a recent Las Vegas press day I sat down for an exclusive video interview with Azaria.  He talked about Gargamel’s  feline companion Azreal, acting with a cat, how voice work prepped him for CG, shooting in Paris, how Parisians reacted to his Gargamel getup, whether he prefers voice acting or live action, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays Talk SMURFS 2, Shooting in Paris, The Film’s Message, the Final Season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 21 days ago

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Opening in theaters this week is Raja Gosnell’s Smurfs 2.  The film picks up three years after the first installment when Gargamel (Hank Azaria), now a successful Paris-based stage magician, devises a plan to become the most powerful wizard on earth by kidnapping Smurfette (Katy Perry) and stealing her Smurf-essence.  When the little blue guys team up to rescue Smurfette they turn to old friends Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace (Jayma Mays) for help, and set off to Paris for an adventure that has a surprisingly genuine message about identity and the meaning of family.  Smurfs 2 also stars Brendan Gleeson, Christina Ricci, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, George Lopez, and John Oliver.

At the recent Las Vegas press day I sat down for a video interview with Harris and Mays.  They talked about shooting in Paris, the film’s message, working with Brendan Gleeson, the fun they have on set, and playing parents.  Additionally, Harris commented on the final season of How I Met Your Mother.  Hit the jump to watch.

CinemaCon: Posters/Logos for THE WOLVERINE, 1D ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, THE INTERNSHIP, YOU’RE NEXT, and More

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Continuing our coverage from this year’s CinemaCon (the yearly Las Vegas convention for theater owners), we’ve got some more posters/displays.  In this batch, you can check out the first poster for One Direction‘s movie This is Us, and we’ve also got posters for Shawn Levy‘s The Internship, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This is the End, You’re Next, Smurfs 2, The Heat, Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and more.  Hit the jump to check them out.

First Trailer for SMURFS 2 Plus a New Image

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The first trailer has been made available for The Smurfs 2. This time around, it looks as if Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is making his own version of Smurfs called “Naughties” in the hopes of bottling the powerful “Smurf-essence.” Poor Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) gets caught up in the plan and runs the risk of turning into one of the Naughties herself, unless the other Smurfs can rescue her.

The Smurfs director Raja Gosnell returns to direct the sequel, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, and featuring the voices of Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John OliverThe Smurfs 2 will debut in theaters on July 31, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer.

SMURFS 2 Teaser Trailer and Synopsis

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Audiences who liked The Smurfs know what they’re getting in The Smurfs 2 (and again in The Smurfs 3), so this new teaser trailer doesn’t try too hard to win over new viewers. It’s just a cutesy reminder that the little blue critters still exist and that they’ll have a movie coming out next summer.

The Smurfs director Raja Gosnell returns to direct the sequel, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria and Jayma Mays, and featuring the voices of Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. The Smurfs 2 will debut in theaters on July 31, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer.

New SMURFS 2 Logo, SMURFS 3 in Development

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After Sony’s The Smurfs grossed a grand total of $563 million at the global box office last year, they waited a grand total of 12 days before green lighting a sequel.  The studio has released an official logo (above) for the sequel, titled The Smurfs 2, but there was another surprising Smurf-related development today.  Apparently, Sony has enough confidence in their sequel writers Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche, that they’re now giving the go-ahead on The Smurfs 3. Given that the production of The Smurfs 2 is already underway with much of the original cast returning (plus a few new faces), things must be coming along quite nicely.

Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first Smurfs film, returns as director for the sequel which also stars Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. The Smurfs 2 is set for release on July 31st, 2013.  Hit the jump for news on The Smurfs 3.

Director Raja Gosnell & Producer Jordan Kerner Talk SMURFS; Reveal They’re Already Writing the Sequel & the DVD Has a 22 Minute Original Christmas Movie

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Earlier today, I attended a Smurfs movie presentation at Sony Studios in Culver City, California. While there I got to watch a number of clips (some were in 3D) and I watched an interesting and informative behind the scenes presentation by Sony Pictures Imageworks visual effects producer Lydia Bottegoni, visual effects supervisor Rich Hoover, director Raja Gosnell and producer Jordan Kerner.  They explained the challenges of bringing Smurfs to the big screen and the technical hurdles they had to overcome.  While I love learning about new movie technology, I know most of you just want to know about the footage.  My quick answer is kids are going to love the movie and I thought the 3D looked great.

Shortly after the presentation ended, we went to a small conference room and we were able to conduct a small roundtable interview with director Raja Gosnell & producer Jordan Kerner.  They talked about the challenges of doing a CG/live-action hybrid movie, how did they decide which Smurfs would come into our world, why NYC, how did Smurfs creator Peyo influence the movie, and why is Gutsy Smurf Scottish.  In addition, they revealed they’re already writing the script for the sequel and the DVD/Blu-ray will be released this Christmas with an original 22 minute Smurfs movie with a Christmas theme.  Hit the jump to watch the video.

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