The pair of new arrivals dominated the domestic scene and the ultimate winner will be determined on Monday when the studios issue final results. Meanwhile Deathly Hallows: Part 2 crossed $1bn globally and became the biggest in the franchise at the North American box office, not to mention international and worldwide, too.
Cowboys & Aliens, released through Universal domestically and through Paramount outside the US, pits the Wild West against extra-terrestrials and stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.
The Smurfs from Sony revives the children’s franchises and mixes animation with live action. Neil Patrick Harris stars as a human.
Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger passed $100m in its second weekend through Paramount while Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows crossed $1bn worldwide and overtook The Sorcerer’s Stone from 2001 to become the biggest release of the franchise in North America on $318.5m after three weekends.
Warner Bros’ comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore launched in fifth place on $19.3m.
Joe Cornish’s SXSW hit and UK sci-fi Attack The Block opened outside the top 25 through Screen Gems on $130,000 from eight theatres. Lionsgate launched Sundance hit The Devil’s Double starring Dominic Cooper on $95,000 from five.
Three other Sundance entries debuted. SPC opened The Guard on $80,400 from four, while Miranda July’s The Future grossed $28,200 in a single theatre through Roadside Attractions and Life In A Day took $45,500 from 11 through National Geographic Entertainment.
Next weekend’s wide releases are Fox’s action sci-fi Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes starring James Franco and Universal’s comedy The Change-Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.
Estimated Top 10 North America Jul 29-31, 2011 Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (-) Cowboys & Aliens (Universal) PPI $36.2m –
2 (-) The Smurfs (Sony) SPRI $36.2m –
3 (1) Captain America: The First Avenger (Paramount/Marvel) PPI $24.9m $116.8m
4 (2) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros) WBPI $21.9m $318.5m
5 (-) Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Warner Bros) WBPI $19.3m –
6 (3) Friends With Benefits (Screen Gems) SPRI $9.3m $38.2m
7 (5) Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros/New Line) WBPI $7.1m $96.2m
8 (4) Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (Paramount) PPI $5.9m $337.9m
9 (6) Zookeeper (Sony/MGM) SPRI $4.2m $68.7m
10 (7) Cars 2 (Buena Vista/Pixar) WDSMPI $2.3m $182.1m