Mark Wahlberg’s latest buddy film — this one with Denzel Washington — was No. 1 at the weekend box office. Universal’s “2 Guns” captured the top spot with $27.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The picture is based on a graphic novel of the same name and features Washington as a DEA agent and Wahlberg as a Naval Intelligence officer who must team up for an undercover operation involving drug traffickers and the CIA. Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, said ‘‘2 Guns’’ opened at the studio’s expectations and attributed the film’s success to Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur and the first-time pairing of Washington and Wahlberg. ‘‘It was super casting,’’ she said. ‘‘There was remarkable chemistry. The two of them work so well together. You see it onscreen.’’ Fox’s superhero flick ‘‘The Wolverine’’ starring Hugh Jackman took the No. 2 spot with $21.7 million in its second weekend, bringing the Marvel icon’s total domestic haul to $95 million. ‘‘Wolverine’’ earned another $38.5 million in 67 international territories. ‘‘The Smurfs 2’’ launched in the No. 3 position with $18.2 million. While Sony’s kid-friendly sequel based on the blue-hued cartoon franchise debuted below expectations in North America, it earned $52.5 million in 43 international markets. The Warner Bros. haunted house tale ‘‘The Conjuring’’ crossed the $100 million mark at No. 4 domestically with $13.7 million in its third weekend. Elsewhere at the box office, Sundance Film Festival favorite ‘‘The Spectacular Now’’ starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley earned $190,000 in four theaters in its debut weekend, while ‘‘The Canyons’’ made just $16,000 at two theaters, though ‘‘Canyons’’ distributor IFC Films said the erotic thriller starring Lindsay Lohan is performing strongly through video-on-demand services. Other smaller films continued to perform solidly at the box office, including Sundance winner ‘‘Fruitvale Station’’ with $2.7 million in 1,086 theaters and director Woody Allen’s ‘‘Blue Jasmine’’ with $2 million in 50 theaters. “Summer is not just about blockbusters,’’ said Paul Dergarabedian of box-office tracker Hollywood.com. ‘‘It’s also about Woody Allen. It’s about specialized films that challenge the audience — or are just different from the traditional, cookie-cutter, summer-style movie.’’ Overall ticket sales this weekend were up more than 15 percent over the same weekend last summer, Dergarabedian said.
A new Doctor Who
Peter Capaldi is going from spin doctor to ‘‘Doctor Who.’’ The BBC announced Sunday that the Scottish actor best known as venom-spitting political fixer Malcolm Tucker in the sitcom ‘‘The Thick of It’’ and its film spinoff ‘‘In the Loop,’’ is the new star of ‘‘Doctor Who,’’ the famed science fiction series soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The identity of the new Doctor had been the subject of frantic speculation, and the revelation was made with fanfare befitting one of Britain’s best-known shows — during a live suppertime television broadcast. Capaldi is the 12th actor to play the Doctor, a galaxy-hopping Time Lord who travels in the Tardis, a time machine shaped like an old-fashioned British police telephone booth. At 55, he’s also the oldest since the first Doctor, William Hartnell. Capaldi, a fan of the show since childhood, said that ‘‘being asked to play the Doctor is an amazing privilege. . . . Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight.’’ Capaldi has a long list of movie, television, and stage credits, from the 1983 film ‘‘Local Hero,’’ to zombie thriller ‘‘World War Z,’’ to the BBC’s recent newsroom drama ‘‘The Hour.’’ He is currently playing Cardinal Richelieu in the BBC drama ‘‘The Musketeers.’’ He’s also an Oscar winner — he directed ‘‘Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life,’’ which won the Academy Award for best short film in 1995. ‘‘Doctor Who’’ was first broadcast in 1963 and is now one of the BBC’s most popular programs. Its longevity is due partly to the flexibility of the premise. The Doctor can regenerate into new bodies and can travel to any point in space or time. Capaldi’s first full episode will air next year.
That was then...
“You’re an amazing father, I’m so glad we had these kids together.” — Karen Elson, in an e-mail to ex-husband Jack White a few months before filing a restraining order against the rocker.