by Ray Subers of BoxOfficeMojo
There may not have been a Hurricane Irene to battle with overseas, but the box office still suffered from a degree of late summer malaise. Based on Sunday estimates, The Smurfs took first place for the third straight weekend, but it was a close race and either Rise of the Planet of the Apes or Final Destination 5 could still take the top spot when final numbers are tabulated.
Without adding any major new markets, The Smurfs dipped 36 percent to an estimated $22.5 million. Its top territories were France ($2.8 million), Brazil ($2.6 million) and the United Kingdom ($2.5 million), and its foreign total reached an impressive $256 million. That surpassed Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel's $223.5 million foreign total to become the top-grossing children's movie with a CGI Star ever.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes grossed an estimated $21.9 million in 49 markets, which brought its total to $157.3 million. It debuted in first place in Brazil with $3.9 million and held extremely well in South Korea (down 29 percent to $3.8 million), France (off 20 percent to $3.3 million), the U.K. (down 29 percent to $2.8 million) and Germany (off 23 percent to $1.3 million). On Sunday, the movie's worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total passed $300 million.
Final Destination 5 burst on to the charts this weekend with $21 million from 20 territories. It had a big $7.9 million opening in Russia, which marked an improvement over The Final Destination. However, FD5 was off from its predecessor in Germany ($2.4 million) and the U.K. ($2.3 million) and was about even in Spain ($1.8 million). FD4 wound up just shy of $120 million two years ago, and FD5 should also be in line for $100 million. With $28.5 million so far, the movie is set to expand to France and Australia next weekend.
Cowboys & Aliens doubled its territory count but still failed to gain any momentum, earning $14.1 million from 43 markets. It debuted to $3.2 million in France, $1.8 million in Mexico and $1.6 million in Germany, none of which were compelling figures. So far, the genre mashup has made just $35.5 million overseas, and, even with openings in Brazil, Italy, Japan and Spain to look forward to, it's still probably going to struggle to reach $100 million.
Cars 2 grossed an estimated $11.2 million, bringing its total to $334.6 million. Worldwide, it has made $522 million, which ranks just ahead of Pixar's WALL-E but a notch behind Monsters, Inc. ($525.4 million).
The summer's other major animated release, Kung Fu Panda 2, opened to a strong $6.6 million in Italy, its last major market, this weekend. Overall the movie made $9.1 million for an overseas total of $473.3 million. On Friday, it passed the first Kung Fu Panda on a worldwide basis, and its total now sits at a solid $637.6 million.
Finally, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 continued its remarkable run with an estimated $8.2 million for an overseas total of $923.4 million. It's worldwide figure reached $1.294 billion, and it should pass $1.3 billion by next weekend.
Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date (all in millions)
Horrible Bosses - $8.1 - $56.6
Green Lantern - $6.7 - $90.1
Captain America - $5.4 - $157
Super 8 - $4.6 - $118
What a Man - $4.3 - $4.3
Crazy, Stupid, Love. - $3.7 - $10.5
Transformers 3 - $3.6 - $757
Mr. Popper's Penguins - $2.4 - $100.2
Bad Teacher - $2.2 - $103
Zookeeper - $2.1 - $66
Friends with Benefits - $2 - $16.6
You Are the Apple of My Eye - $1.6 - $5.9