(From Guardian Unlimited)
Will Ferrell has never been as potent at the UK box office as in the US, and that remains the case, but The Other Guys posted the actor's best opening in a lead role since 2003's Elf . The GBP1.98m debut compares favourably with recent Ferrell releases Land Of The Lost (GBP643,000), Step Brothers (GBP1.68m) and Semi-Pro (GBP775,000). Blades Of Glory and Talladega Nights both opened with just over GBP1m, while Anchorman began its run with a relatively modest GBP556,000. Elf was way ahead with a debut of GBP4.54m.
The result is a timely fillip for the actor, who had previously overworked his patented formula of characters buoyed by "unearned confidence". As for co-star Mark Wahlberg, following on from his funny supporting turn in Date Night, The Other Guys indicates a possible future career direction in comedy.
The figure for The Other Guys represents one of the top comedy openings of 2010. Adam Sandler's …