Cowboys & Aliens Tie Smurfs For Top Of The Box Office

119706043 Cowboys & Aliens Tie Smurfs For Top Of The Box Office

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Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig battled aliens this weekend, but they couldn’t defeat the little blue Smurfs for the top of the box office.

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford’s science-fiction Western Cowboys & Aliens and the family adventure The Smurfs both opened with $36.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Studios jockey for the top box-office spot to earn “No. 1 film in America” bragging rights in advertising for the coming week. Going into the weekend, “Cowboys & Aliens” seemed to have the edge, with analysts figuring it might top $40 million, while “The Smurfs” might come in around $30 million. But the two movies met in the middle, “Cowboys & Aliens” doing worse than expected and “The Smurfs” doing better. Final numbers will decide the winner later today. The previous weekend’s top movie, Captain America: The First Avenger,” slipped to No. 3 with $24.9 million and raised its domestic total to $116.8 million. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 pulled in $21.9 million to become the franchise’s top-grossing chapter at $318.5 million domestically.

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