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Box Office: Denzel, Wahlberg Gun for No. 1 While ‘Smurfs’ May Pop Overseas

Sony sequel expected to gross in the mid-$30 millions in five days

After overseas grosses saved “The Wolverine’s” bacon last weekend, international prospects should also keep “The Smurfs 2” from looking too blue.

This weekend, Sony’s “Smurfs 2” is expected to be shot down at the domestic B.O. by Universal’s action comedy “2 Guns,” which could gross north of $30 million from Friday to Sunday.

The live action-toon hybrid launches Wednesday at 3,400-plus Stateside locations, tracking in the mid-$30 millions for five days. By comparison, the first “Smurfs” debuted with $35 million in three domestically.

Globally, however, Sony expects the sequel to collect at least $100 million through Sunday.

Smurfs 2” bows day-and-date in 34 markets, including Brazil, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain and the U.K.

Sony hasn’t been shy about its expectations for “Smurfs 2” being internationally focused. In fact, Adam Sandler even joked about the pic’s overseas prospects at CinemaCon in April saying, “I know all you overseas people are fucking excited about ‘Smurfs 2.’ ”

With several family pics still playing, “Smurfs 2” is facing a much more competitive weekend and will likely will start out softer than its predecessor domestically. “Despicable Me 2” and “Turbo” each ranked in the top five last weekend, behind “The Wolverine” and “The Conjuring.” Disney bows “Planes” a week from Friday.

The fight for tots and their parents has been less intense overseas, as most distributors have taken a staggered approach to releasing toons. “Smurfs 2” has been accepted into China, though no release date has been set.

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