‘The Smurf’ and ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ tie at box office with $36.2m

Last Updated: Aug 01, 2011, 17:45 PM IST

London: Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford’s science-fiction ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ and family adventure ‘The Smurfs’ finished their first weekend grossing the same amount of money, an estimated 36.2 million dollars, after going neck-to-neck all weekend.

“In all my years, I’ve never really seen a race this close,” the Daily Mail quoted Paul Dergarbedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com as saying.

“Generally, in the world of movie box office, 1 million dollars is a close call, so to have two films in a dollar-to-dollar tie is somewhat unprecedented,” he said.

The determination of the No.1 movie can be done only after Monday as most of the studios often round off their Sunday numbers, which include Friday and Saturday, including an estimate based on how similar movies have fared in the past.

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : Part 2’ and last week’s No.1 ‘Captain America : The First Avenger’ have slipped down to No. 4 and 3 with the release new movies this weekend.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1 (tie). `Cowboys & Aliens,` $36.2 million

1 (tie). `The Smurfs,` $36.2 million

3. `Captain America: The First Avenger,` $24.9 million ($48.5 million international)

4. `Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,` $21.9 million

5. `Crazy, Stupid, Love,` $19.3 million

6. `Friends with Benefits,` $9.3 million

7. `Horrible Bosses,` $7.1 million

8. `Transformers: Dark of the Moon,` $6 million ($42 million international)

9. `Zookeeper,` $4.2 million.

10. `Cars 2,` $2.3 million ($30 million international).

ANI