Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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August 5th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"2 Guns" was top at the box office during the weekend of August 2, earning $27,361,000. The film stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as undercover agents who wind up in trouble. While trying to take down a drug lord, the two men only succeed in putting themselves in a life-threatening situation. Teamwork is the one thing that can save them. Pervasive violence, brief nudity, and language contribute to the movie's R rating.

"The Smurfs 2" came in third place, not quite beating "The Wolverine" in terms of box office proceeds. The family-friendly movie earned $18,200,000. Together with earnings from its Wednesday debut, "Smurfs 2" has brought in over $27 million overall. Gargamel has figured out how to create his own minions, known as the Naughties. With the Naughties on his side, the wizard plots to steal the Smurfs' most closely guarded secrets. After Smurfette ends up in grave danger, the other Smurfs spring into action. "The Smurfs 2" has a PG rating for action and rude humor.

Continuing Films

"The Wolverine" earned $21,725,000, with total profits now equaling $95,038.850. A powerful man who owes Wolverine a life debt summons the warrior to Japan. Wolverine quickly realizes, however, that his old acquaintance has some ominous plans in mind. A stranger in a strange land, Wolverine must face his inner demons as well as his enemies. The film has a PG-13 rating for mature content, language, and intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.

"The Conjuring" saw weekend profits of $13,660,000. Overall, the horror movie has brought in over $108 million. When the country's leading paranormal investigators agree to help a struggling family rid their farmhouse of evil spirits, they end up in over their heads. If they are not careful, the maliciousness they uncover could destroy not just the family, but the investigators as well. "The Conjuring" has an R rating for disturbing violence and terror.

"Despicable Me 2" brought in $10,400,000 during its fifth weekend in theaters. The heartwarming Pixar film has earned $326,677,465 overall. While Gru focuses on his adopted daughters and his irrepressible minions, the world's villains continue to cause trouble. The Anti-Villain League decides that Gru is the perfect ally for a mysterious case. But Gru will need plenty of convincing before he interrupts his happy life. "Despicable Me 2" has a PG rating for rude humor and mild action.

"Grown Ups 2" earned $81 million during the weekend of August 2. Since its debut, the comedy has earned over $116 million. Lenny reunites with his old gang in his hometown, hoping to recapture some of the happiness he felt while growing up. He's forgotten that now he and his friends are adults with families of their own, and for better or worse, they have new responsibilities. Crude and suggestive content, language, and male rear nudity contribute to a PG-13 rating.

Movies to DVD

"Oblivion" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, August 6. Jack is one of the last humans who remains on Earth after alien attacks left the planet uninhabitable. As Jack mines his home's last resources and waits to join the rest of humanity, he encounters mysterious figures that force him to rethink everything he knows. "Oblivion" has a PG-13 rating for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some nudity and sensuality.

In "The Place Beyond the Pines," Ryan Gosling stars as Luke, a motorcycle stuntman who lives his life on the edge. When he learns that his girlfriend is pregnant, Luke vows to make a good life for his family. In order to do so, he will take increasingly dangerous risks. Teen drug and alcohol use, language (including a mature reference), and some violence contribute to an R rating.

"To the Wonder" is the latest film from director Terrence Malick. An American man traveling through Europe meets a woman and unexpectedly falls head over heels. After she moves back to the United States with her new lover, the woman grows lonely, seeking solace from a local priest. The R rating is due to nudity and mature content.

"Antiviral" follows a young man with an unusual job. He provides hardcore fans with samples of viruses, taken directly from celebrities' bodies. When he goes too far trying to provide the fans with what they want, the young man ends up contracting a particularly deadly virus. Now, he has to find a cure. "Antiviral" is not rated.

"Mud" comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on August 6. When two young boys in an impoverished area run across a dangerous fugitive, the three of them form a shaky friendship. As the boys become involved in helping the fugitive rejoin his love, they risk their own safety. The PG-13 rating is due to violence, mature references, thematic elements, smoking, and language.