August 1, 2011 by Post Team
Cowboys Smurfs, The tiny blue “Smurf” fought renowned big-budget “Cowboys & Aliens” to a surprising draw the box office weekend playing with each domestic film to an estimated 36.2 million and ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
“The Smurfs” live action and 3D animation film called on families to the latest adventure of the classic animated characters from Belgium and raised higher than expected sales. “Cowboys & Aliens” fell below estimates of pre-release box office observers.
The totals are estimated ticket sales in the United States and Canada between Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The leader will not be known until the actual sales are counted Monday.
Entering the weekend, “Cowboys & Aliens” was seen easily surpassing the box office from the graphics Starpower James Bond actor Daniel Craig and “Indiana Jones” star Harrison Ford, in addition to director Jon Favreau in ” Iron Man “and the hit Steven Spielberg among producers. The film is set in the Wild West in 1873, when a spaceship arrives in Arizona and finds a gang of cowboys.
The film offers “a new and unique concept,” said Nikki Rocco, president of distribution for Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp. that launched the movie. “It was a gamble worth taking these filmmakers.”
In total, lower than expected for “Cowboys & Aliens” collided with a larger draw of “The Smurfs,” a film that revived characters that debuted more than 50 years.
“In the summer, family movies are a hot commodity,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box officeanlyst Hollywood.com, the “Smurfs” of success.
Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Columbia Pictures, said, “The Smurfs” movie “exceeded our expectations.” Columbia Pictures is a unit of Sony Corp released the film.
Third place for the weekend was a superhero movie “Captain America: The First Avenger” and 24.9 million in ticket sales during its second home weekend in theaters.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2″, which reached its third weekend, and finished fourth with 21.9 million. The final installment of the popular boy wizard and exceeded billion in sales worldwide to date, the ninth film in history to hit that mark, distributor Warner Bros. said.
“Crazy, Stupid Love,” took a new romantic comedy starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore, item # 5 in the U.S. and Canada, with a solid 19.3 million.
“Captain America”?? Was released by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom. Time Warner Inc unit Warner Bros. released “Crazy, Stupid Love” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 -.”
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