One could say that international box office finally got smurfed thanks to the The Smurfs. Yes, the blue bastards are popular, what can I say, money doesn’t always equal quality. Aside from those little blue monsters, Rise of the Planet of the Apes seems to be doing quite well while Harry Potter keeps going strong.
The Smurfs smurfed their way to $61.5 million last weekend for a total of $141.1 million internationally and $245.1 million worldwide. For comparison sake, Alvin and the Chipmunks grossed $361.3 million worldwide in 2007 so there’s a good chance this flick could make more.
In 2nd place Rise of the Planet of the Apes earned $40.1 million for $74.4 million internationally and $183.1 million worldwide. In 2001 Planet of the Apes, the Tim Burton remake, made $362.2 million worldwide so Rise of the Planet of the Apes should, in theory, based on how well it has done so far, finish ahead of that (unadjusted for inflation).
3rd place belongs to former four time consecutive leader, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with $29.3 million for an epic $857.8 million internationally. With this being the final installment and also presented in 3D, everyone expected over $1 billion worldwide but so far Mr. Potter has made over $1.2 billion and for lack of better words, that’s really really impressive. So, with Harry Potter at the finish line and only Batman left, how long do you guys think it will take Warner Bros. to start working on a remake, aye?
Transformers: Dark of the Moon was 4th with $14.6 million and $731.2 million internationally. This is now $300 million above Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen so even without the help of 3D, this would have still been a big leap forward for the series. Thanks to $1,078 million worldwide, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is now 5th on the all time highest grossing list, more then any fan could have hoped for.
Green Lantern was 5th with an unimpressive $14.1 million in 29 markets for $61.6 million internationally and $176.6 million worldwide. How the hell are they doing a sequel for this when it cost $200 million to make and it hasn’t even matched that, let alone double it (what Warner would need in order to make a few bucks on this flick).
Cars 2 is 6th with $13.1 million and $290 million internationally (476.3 million worldwide, passing the original Cars) while Captain America: The First Avenger made $12.2 million for $128.3 million internationally and $286.2 million worldwide. With some still a few big markets left to go, the Captain is performing better then expected around the world for a movie titled Captain America.
Finally Super 8 was 8th with $9.8 million and $94.5 million internationally for $220 million worldwide, a very impressive take for a movie that cost only $50 million to make.