The Smurfs and Cowboys & Aliens battle it out at the weekend box office
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
Even though Neil Patrick Harris and Jon Favreau are seriously testing their fans loyalty this weekend by starring in two disappointing films, audiences can’t seem to decide which one they liked better. On one hand, THE SMURFS is doing pretty well considering how horrible the previews were, but it is a kids’ film after all and it’s coming out at a time when there really isn’t much competition for the attention of the little people (kids, not Smurfs). On the other hand, there’s the major summer blockbuser COWBOYS & ALIENS, which is almost $10 million away from hitting the revised, low studio estimates. Yes, we loved IRON MAN, but now I think people realize it was more because of Robert Downey Jr. than it was Jon Favreau. So as of right now, both films have about $36 million this weekend and we’ll have to wait until Monday to see who wins and by how much. The other new film of the weekend, and arguably the best film of the summer so far, was CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE, which brought in about $19 million, which was good enough for fifth place.
Next week should be an interesting one as two intriguing films open up in THE CHANGE-UP and RISE OF THE APES. Neither films’ premise impresses me, but both of them have trailers that make them look pretty fun. I’m also intrigued because Jason Bateman called THE CHANGE-UP the funniest script he’s ever read. As for who will win next week, your guess is as good as mine. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. The Smurfs $36m
1. Cowboys & Aliens $36m
3. Captain America $25m
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $22m
5. Crazy, Stupid, Love $19.4m
6. Friends With Benefits $9.3m
7. Horrible Bosses $7m
8. Transformers: Dark of the Moon $5.7m
9. Zookeeper $4.1m
10. Cars 2 $2.2m