Will Ferrell cop comedy collars box office crown

Sun Aug 8, 2010 9:13pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg grabbed the box office crown from Leonardo DiCaprio on Sunday as their new cop comedy "The Other Guys" sold about $35.6 million worth of tickets, the film's distributor said.

The opening, which was in line with expectations, marks the second-highest of Ferrell's career and a big rebound from his 2009 summer bomb "Land of the Lost."

Wahlberg, making a rare foray into comedy, achieved his best opening since 2001's "Planet of the Apes" remake kicked off with $68.5 million.

In "The Other Guys," they play mismatched underdogs on the trail of a con artist played by English comic Steve Coogan. Reviews were strong for the $85 million film, which skewed to young men, said Sony Corp's Columbia Pictures.

Ferrell suffered disappointing openings for both "Land of the Lost" ($18.8 million) and 2008's "Semi-Pro" ($15.5 million), raising speculation that another flop could hurt his ability to get big-budget studio films green-lighted.

His best opening remains the 2006 comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" with $47 million. "Talladega Nights," "The Other Guys," and Ferrell's 2007 hit "Blades of Glory" ($33 million opening) were directed by Adam McKay.

Ferrell and McKay are "one of the best comedy combinations in the industry," said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Columbia.


After three weekends at No. 1, DiCaprio's dreams thriller "Inception" slipped to No. 2 with $18.6 million, taking the total for the hit Warner Bros. release to $227.7 million after four weekends.   Continued...

<p>Cast members Will Ferrell (L-R), Eva Mendes, and Mark Wahlberg arrive with director Adam McKay (R) for the premiere of the film "The Other Guys" in New York August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>