There was a bit of deja vu last weekend at the international box office with The Smurfs and Rise of the Planet of the Apes leading the pack. What took me by surprise was UK’s The Inbetweeners Movie ranking 3rd with an enormous opening weekend that I’ll disclose further down, after the break.
The Smurfs made $35.2 million for an impressive $211.4 million, soon to become the all time highest grossing live-action-mixed-with-CGI-characters kids movie. Right now Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel still ranks first internationally with $223.5 million but at the rate those blue devils make money, it should become 2nd very soon. With $330.9 million worldwide (International plus North America), The Smurfs is not about to catch up to The Squeakquel’s 443.1 million anytime soon.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes took in $29.6 million for a 2nd place finish and $122.7 million so far. Thanks to the $259.7 million worldwide collection and the fact that this is still going strong with plenty markets left to go, Caesar’s Apes are definitely coming back for another round of human butt kicking, hopefully soonish.
In 3rd place we got The Inbetweeners Movie, a UK flick based on a very popular TV show it seems, otherwise there’s no way it could have managed $21.5 million. Without Harry Potter or James Bond in it, that’s about as big as you can hope to get a movie to open in the UK. From what I’ve seen in a trailer, it looks sort of like a British American Pie. Looking forward to seeing the numbers for it this weekend.
Speaking of the devil, 4th is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with $14.9 million for a tiny and awfully disappointing $901 million internationally. That’s like what, the highest ever if we were to live in James Cameronless world. Worldwide things are even worse, I mean only $1.26 billion?
Leaving sarcasm to the side (since Potter is obviously a box office Godzilla), we find Green Lantern in 5th place with $11.9 million for a lackluster $78.6 million and $194.2 million worldwide. Wow, this movie has almost matched its budget. Great job Warner on failing again at finding the next big property that could have fueled your upcoming Potterless years.
Captain America: The First Avenger is 6th place with $11.4 million for $150.1 million internationally. For such a US centric hero, Captain is having an impressive run with $315.8 million worldwide and still going strong.
Cars 2 past the $500 million mark worldwide while Transformers: Dark of the Moon‘s $749.6 million international gross passed Lord of the Rings: Return of the King‘s $742 million, thus taking 5th place on that all time ranking. Can’t help but be extremely impressed by how much the international box office exploded this summer with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($798.5M), Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($749.6M) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($901M), all three in the all time international top 5 and like I mentioned above, in a James Cameronless world, they would be on top.