'Cowboys and Aliens' and 'The Smurfs' Tied on Top of Box Office

'Cowboys and Aliens' and 'The Smurfs' Tied on Top of Box Office

It is estimated that both movies earn $36.2 million each this weekend, while Steve Carell-starring 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' debuts at number five.

"Cowboys and Aliens" and "The Smurfs" *are tied for the first position at North American Box Office. Both newly-debuted films earn estimated $36.2 million each, with the winner to be unveiled when the final results come out on Monday.

Falling short of the predicted $40 million opening, sci-fi film "Cowboys and Aliens" which comes from director Jon Favreau faces an unexpected fierce battle with family movie "The Smurfs". The animated film, meanwhile, makes $15 million more than the projected $25 million although it was panned by many critics.

Another new release "Crazy, Stupid, Love." opens to $19.1 million to secure the fifth place on the chart. It draws audience which largely consist of older women, with 70% of them over the age of 25, while 64% was female.

"Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II", meanwhile, are pushed two positions each. The superhero flick adds $25.6 million on the third place, while the final installment of the wizard boy film series rakes in $22 million as the fourth placer.

With the additional income, "Deathly Hallows: Part II" hits $1 billion mark which was anticipated towards the end of this week. The movie has grossed $318.5 million domestically and $690 million internationally within only 17 days.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for July 29-31:
1. "Cowboys and Aliens" - $36.4 million
2. *"The Smurfs" - $35.6 million
3. "Captain America: The First Avenger" - $25.6 million
4. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" - $22 million
5. "Crazy, Stupid, Love." - $19.1 million
6. "Friends with Benefits" - $9.3 million
7. "Horrible Bosses" - $7.2 million
8. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" - $6.1 million
9. "Zookeeper" - $4.3 million
10. "Cars 2 - $2.3 million

*UPDATE (Aug. 2, 2011 02:06 GMT): When the final figures came out on Monday, August 1, it was revealed that "Cowboys and Aliens" earned higher than "The Smurfs". Thus, the sci-fi movie claimed the top spot at the box office, while the animated film landed on the runner-up position.

© AceShowbiz.com

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