Around-the-World Roundup: 'Smurfs,' 'Apes' Are One-Two Punch for Fifth Straight Weekend
For the fifth-straight weekend, The Smurfs finished in first place at the foreign box office ahead of perpetual bridesmaid Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Also, for the third-straight time, Final Destination 5 settled for third place. One minor shakeup, though, took place: Friends with Benefits expanded in to a handful of major European markets and leaped to fourth place.
The Smurfs dipped 41 percent to an estimated $14.9 million from 73 markets. It had a strong $915,000 opening in Greece, though it disappointed in Japan with just $815,000. The movie's five-week run on top is the longest such streak since Avatar led for 11 straight weekends from December 2009 to February 2010. The Smurfs' foreign total grew to $321.2 million, and its worldwide (domestic plus foreign) sum reached $457 million.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes added an estimated $12.5 million for a solid $206.1 million total. The movie held first place in Mexico ($2.5 million) and Brazil ($2 million), and its next major opening is set for Italy on Sept. 23. Meanwhile, Final Destination 5 was off 43 percent to an estimated $10.8 million from 45 territories. That brought its four-week total to $76.3 million.
On its best weekend so far, Friends with Benefits earned an estimated $10.2 million from 20 territories. The Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis romantic comedy had solid openings in the United Kingdom ($2.9 million), Germany ($2.85 million) and France (first place with $1.8 million). The movie has so far grossed $29.2 million overseas.
Captain America: The First Avenger invaded China this weekend and scored $5 million from 7,000 sites. That's a vast improvement over Thor's $2.9 million but off fromIron Man ($5.8 million) and Iron Man 2 ($7.9 million). Across all of its markets, Captain America added $8 million for a foreign total of $175 million.
Domestic box office winner Contagion rolled out in to six territories this weekend and earned an estimatd $2.1 million. It earned a ho-hum $705,000 in Italy and a mighty $392,000 in Hong Kong, which was one of its major locations. The movie expands to South Korea on Sept. 22 and then throughout Europe in October.
Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date (in millions)
Cowboys & Aliens - $5.5 - $58.5
Horrible Bosses - $5.3 - $78.2
Harry Potter 7B - $3.4 - $944
Zookeeper - $3.3 - $73.1
Super 8 - $3 - $126.5
Crazy, Stupid, Love. - $2.95 - $21
Kung Fu Panda 2 - $2.6 - $491
Green Lantern - $2.6 - $103.25
Mr. Popper's Penguins - $2.4 - $107.2
Cars 2 - $2.2 - $358
The Change-Up - $2.2 - $7.6
What a Man - $2.1 - $12.1
Bad Teacher - $1.7 - $110.2
The Help - $1.4 - $3.7
Bridesmaids - $1.2 - $114.5
Transformers 3 - $1 - $765