Sunday, July 31, 2011

Weekend Box Office: 'Smurf' Tie With 'Cowboys & Aliens' For Top Spot

The weekend box office had a close race to #1, but in the end, there was a tie between little blue Smurfs and an alien-western.
Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford's science-fiction Western, "Cowboys & Aliens"; and the big screen

adaptation of the animated TV series, "The Smurfs", both opened with $36.2 million... tying for first place.
"In all my years, I've never really seen a race this close," Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker, told the Associated Press. "Generally, in the world of movie box office, $1 million is a close call, so to have two films in a dollar-to-dollar tie is somewhat unprecedented."
Last weekend's top film, "Captain America: The First Avenger," fell to #3 with $24.9 million in its second weekend, taking its total to $116.7 million; while "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" earned another $21.9 million as it nears $320 million.
And, closing out the top 5 is the weekend's other wide release was Warner Bros. romantic comedy, "Crazy, Stupid, Love.," taking in $19.3 million. The movie stars Steve Carell as a one-woman man who learns the art of seduction from a playboy (Ryan Gosling) after his marriage falls apart.
That's a wrap for this weekend. Next weekend, look out for the release of the Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds comedy "The Change-Up," and the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" reboot.
This weekend's top 10 is as follows:
1 (tie). "Cowboys & Aliens," $36.2 million.
1 (tie). "The Smurfs," $36.2 million.
3. "Captain America: The First Avenger," $24.9 million.
4. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," $21.9 million.
5. "Crazy, Stupid, Love," $19.3 million.
6. "Friends with Benefits," $9.3 million.
7. "Horrible Bosses," $7.1 million.
8. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," $6 million.
9. "Zookeeper," $4.2 million.
10. "Cars 2," $2.3 million.

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