It’s A Tie! ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ and ‘The Smurfs’ Both Open To $36.2 M

In the battle between gruff cowboys and (cute, little blue) aliens, nobody apparently won. At least not yet. Both Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs grossed $36.2 million, according to studio estimates. This will all become clearer Monday morning. Until then, revel in the fact that we have an extremely rare tie here.

However, despite the photo finish, this is a much more favorable outcome for The Smurfs than it is for Cowboys & Aliens. The latter film, a $163 million Western/sci-fi concoction starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, was expected to easily win the weekend. Its pedigree was first-rate, with Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directing and Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer producing. Yet the PG-13 film struggled to attract younger moviegoers, who may have been turned off by the Western elements. According to Universal, 63 percent of the audience was 30 or older.READ MORE HERE!

Check back next week as the prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes attempts to evolve past yet another body-swapping comedy in The Change-Up.

1. (tie) Cowboys & Aliens — $36.2 mil
1. (tie) The Smurfs — $36.2 mil
3. Captain America: The First Avenger — $24.9 mil
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 — $21.9 mil
5. Crazy, Stupid, Love. — $19.3 mil


Posted on August 1, 2011, in Hollywood Buzz and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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