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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Smurfs' Passes $500 Million Worldwide

by Ray Subers
The Smurfs

September 27, 2011

The Smurfs led for the seventh-straight frame on one of the slowest foreign weekends in recent memory. The movie added $12.9 million from 69 markets, around half of which came from phenomenal holds in Italy (down 6 percent to $3.8 million) and Australia (off 3 percent to $2.57 million). That brings its foreign total to $364.4 million, and on Sunday it eclipsed $500 million worldwide (domestic plus foreign). That makes The Smurfs the first non-sequel in 2011 to reach the half-billion-dollar milestone.

Friends with Benefits held steady with $9.6 million from 45 markets for a total of $55.5 million. It opened in first place in Spain with $1.98 million, and was down just 35 percent to $1.2 million in Germany. On a worldwide basis, the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis romantic comedy has so far earned over $111 million.

Johnny English Reborn added a few smaller territories and was off 33 percent to $8.1 million. The spoof sequel grossed $1.96 million in Australia and $1.13 million in Russia, and its early foreign total reached $24.3 million. The movie expands in to Spain, Hong Kong and Norway next weekend before reaching Rowan Atkinson's native United Kingdom on Oct. 7.

Abduction opened to an estimated $6.9 million in 28 territories this weekend, with top debuts coming in Brazil ($1.5 million), Australia ($1.3 million) and Russia ($1.2 million).

Final Destination 5 continued its strong foreign run with $6.7 million from 53 markets. It opened to $1.5 million in Brazil and $768,000 in Mexico, both of which were improvements over The Final Destination. The movie's overseas total is now at $98.6 million, and it should be able to come close to matching its predecessor's $119.7 million foreign figure.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes eased 29 percent to $6.2 million for a total of $229.4 million. The prequel has now made over $400 million worldwide.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. had its best foreign weekend yet, earning $6.15 million for a total of $35.4 million. It debuted in second place in the U.K. with $1.3 million, and it's scheduled to expand in to Australia next weekend.

Killer Elite opened to approximately $4.6 million from six territories. That includes a solid $2.66 million start in Russia and an unimpressive $750,000 debut in the U.K.

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Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date (in millions)
Fright Night - $3.5 - $15.6
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - $3.4 - $11.2
Horrible Bosses - $3.1 - $89.3
The Change-Up - $2.2 - $14.8
Mannerherzen 2 - $2 - $6.4
The Lion King - $1.9 - $16
Top Cat - $1.7 - $5.6
Mr. Popper's Penguins - $1.6 - $115.4
Zookeeper - $1.5 - $77.7
Captain America - $1.5 - $186
The Three Musketeers - $1.4 - $14.7
Contagion - $1.4 - $6.3
Cowboys & Aliens - $1.3 - $65.9
The Help - $1.1 - $7.2
Super 8 - $1 - $131.2

Domestic Report:
'Lion' Remains 'King,' 'Moneyball,' 'Dolphin Tale' Go Extra Innings

Last Weekend:
'Smurfs' Still on Top Overseas

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