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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Smurfs,' 'Apes' Are One-Two Punch for Fifth Straight Weekend

by Ray Subers
The Smurfs
 

 
September 13, 2011

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 35 percent to $16.3 million from 73 markets. It had a strong $913,000 opening in Greece, though it disappointed in Japan with just $855,000. 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 $322.8 million, and its worldwide (domestic plus foreign) sum reached $459 million.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
added $12.9 million for a solid $206.6 million total. The movie held first place in Mexico ($2.5 million) and Brazil ($1.7 million), and its next major opening is set for Italy on Sept. 23. Meanwhile, Final Destination 5 was off 41 percent to $11.3 million from 45 territories. That brought its four-week total to $77.7 million.

On its best weekend so far, Friends with Benefits earned $10.6 million from 20 territories. The Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis romantic comedy had solid openings in the United Kingdom ($3.1 million), Germany ($2.6 million) and France (first place with $1.8 million). The movie has so far grossed $29.6 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 from Iron Man ($5.8 million) and Iron Man 2 ($7.9 million). Across all of its markets, Captain America added $7.9 million for a foreign total of $174.9 million.

Domestic box office winner Contagion rolled out in to six territories this weekend and earned $2.1 million. It earned a ho-hum $663,000 in Italy and a mighty $396,000 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

Domestic Report:
• 'Contagion' Catches On

Last Weekend:
• 'Smurfs' Makes It Four in a Row

Related Charts:
• 2011 Worldwide Grosses
• All-Time Worldwide Grosses



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