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July 31, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Final Figures:

Cowboys & Aliens: $36,431,290
The Smurfs: $35,611,637

(Difference: $819,653)

With Universal’s Cowboys and Aliens coming in well below analysts’ forecasts and Sony’s The Smurfs coming in well above them, the result was a rare tie for first place — at least so far as Sunday’s studio estimates were concerned. Each studio figured that its contender earned $36.2 million over the weekend and will now have to wait until Monday’s final tally to learn which movie actually came out ahead. (After the original estimates were released Universal upped its figure by $6,250, which would have put Cowboys and Aliens at No. 1. After it did so, Sony added $6,250 to its estimate for The Smurfs.) Warner Bros.’ Crazy, Stupid Love. opened at the high end of estimates with $19.3 million to place fifth, behind two holdovers, third place Captain America, with $24.9 million and fourth place Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 with $21.9 million. (Overseas, Deathly Hallows retained the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive week, grossing $66.4 million in 59 countries; it is due to open in China this week.)

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:

1. (tie) Cowboys & Aliens, $36.2 million; 1. (tie) The Smurfs, $36.2 million; 3. Captain America: The First Avenger, $24.9 million; 4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, $21.9 million; 5. Crazy, Stupid, Love., $19.3 million; 6. Friends with Benefits, $9.3 million; 7. Horrible Bosses, $7.1 million; 8. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $6 million; 9. Zookeeper, $4.2 million; 10. Cars 2, $2.3 million.