My mind can’t comprehend how in the name of all that’s nice in this world, The Smurfs managed to lead for 7 straight weeks internationally at the box office. That’s SEVEN straight weeks. Like always, such numbers come with certain records or landmarks and as you can tell from the title, The Smurfs just passed half a billion dollars worldwide.
With the exception of the first August weekend, those pesky blue monsters have been on top of the international box office for the past two months now. Not since Avatar has a movie topped the box office for so long internationally. This year only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was first four times, anything else was under. Obviously The Smurfs was helped a lot by little to no competition. Anyway, $12.8 million is what the little devils did last weekend and with that they are up to $364.3 million internationally and $502.7 million worldwide.
Friends with Benefits was 2nd with $9.5 million for $55.5 million and a worldwide total of $111.4 million. On a $35 million budget, this romantic comedy is no Bad Teacher ($211.4 million on a 20 million budget) but it’s certainly profitable.
Rowan Atkinson is back in 3rd place with Johnny English Reborn, the sequel to the relatively successful 2003 Johnny English (160.5 million worldwide). The previous week it opened in 2nd place with $12 million from 15 countries. Now it expanded a bit with 4 more countries and was down to $8.1 million for a total of $24.2 million. With the big markets coming up in October, Johnny English Reborn is headed for more then $180 million worldwide.
Abduction opened with $6.9 million in 4th place and has a worldwide total $17.9 million. Final Destination 5 was 5th with $6.7 million and $98.6 million so far internationally. The worldwide tally is $140.7 million and not likely to hit the $186.1 million made by The Final Destination in 2009.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was 6th with 6.1 million and $229.3 million internationally. Worldwide the figure is $402.5 million so a nice total that should grow to $420 million or more when all is said and done. This bodes well for the eventual sequel that will come and I’m ready to go out on a limb right now and say that if it will be as good as this one, it might gross over $600 million worldwide.
We know that for the past two weeks The Lion King 3D has been on top of the box office in North America so maybe you’re wondering how’s business around the world. Well last weekend the movie made $1.9 million and has achieved around $16 million so far (it has been rolling for the past 3 months). Since we are here I might as well add that The Lion King has jumped from 35th to 26th place on the all-time worldwide chart thanks to $863.3 million. The movie is likely to stop in 20th place, just under Jurassic Park ($914.7M) and above Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($896.9M)