Box Office Smurf Wrapup: Cowboys & Aliens Gets Smurfed

Plus: Cap sinks, Harry passes a billion, and Crazy, Stupid, Love is solid.



In a stunning development, two studios estimated the exact same opening weekend gross for their new big-budget summer films making for a tie for the number one spot at the North American box office. Sony's 3D kidpic The Smurfs performed well above expectations while Universal's action entry Cowboys & Aliens failed to meet its projected target. Each studio estimated a $36.2M weekend gross including a $10.1M Sunday figure. Once actual Sunday sales are counted on Monday, the true rankings will be decided.

Chart positions are more about bragging rights though and do not necessarily reflect a film's financial success. Regardless of the final ranking, The Smurfs proved it was the true winner thanks to a smaller budget, larger per-theater average, better exit polls, and no major profit participants. Sony's PG-rated family film bowed in 3,395 theaters with a strong $10,663 average and beat out industry forecasts that pegged the opening in the mid-to-high 20s. Based on the popular 1980s cartoon series, the story of the little blue people that find themselves in modern-day New York City was backed by an extensive and highly effective marketing push that truly made it an event film for parents and kids alike.

It follows recent hits from the brand-based live-action/animation genre like last winter's Yogi Bear which grossed over $100M and the two Alvin and the Chipmunks films that each topped $200M. None of these films impressed film critics, but were embraced by families looking to have some mindless fun together. A third Chipmunks is on tap for this December.

The Smurfs won opening day Friday with $13.4M beating the $13M of Cowboys & Aliens. Saturday told a different story with Cowboys leading with $13.1M (up 1%) while Smurfs slipped 5% to $12.7M. For Sunday, Sony is estimating a 20% drop while Universal is projecting a 22% slide for Cowboys. Production budgets were $110M for Smurfs and a much higher $163M for Cowboys, plus tens of millions more in marketing.

Papa Smurf and company scored an encouraging A- grade from CinemaScore and with no major competitors taking away families over the next two weeks, the film is well-positioned to become Sony's top-grossing film of 2011 to date. As with most extra-dimensional movies these days, audiences preferred 2D over 3D as 45% of the weekend take ($16.3M) came from the 3D screens. 35% of the crowd was non-family so the brand successfully reached beyond kids and parents to connect with some teens and young adults which certainly helped in generating the large gross.

Also estimated to haul in $36.2M from the wallets of ticket buyers this weekend was Cowboys & Aliens which averaged $9,655 from 3,750 locations. The PG-13 film starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford was directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau and was expected to debut in the $40-50M range. Hollywood has always found it difficult to mix Westerns with science fiction as audiences do not readily buy into the result. Reviews were more negative than positive which hurt since the film was always expected to skew older. Also the late July slot presented challenges since Cowboys was the eleventh action movie released this summer. Though based on a popular graphic novel, Cowboys & Aliens was not connected to a property known widely enough to make it into a must-see for a sizable audience as Captain America did last weekend.

Cowboys performed much like another period sci-fi film produced by Steven Spielberg this summer, Super 8, which debuted to $35.5M in early June and also played to an older male crowd. The pricey Craig-Ford vehicle drew an audience that was 63% 30 and older and 53% male. A CinemaScore grade of B does not bode too well for the future. With Universal, DreamWorks, Relativity Media, Paramount, and Imagine Entertainment all involved in the worldwide financing and distribution, Cowboys & Aliens had a lot of chefs in the kitchen. A glitzy star-studded premiere last week at Comic-Con was well-received by that crowd, but did little to excite audiences across the 50 states.

Following its stellar debut, Captain America: The First Avenger fell sharply in its second weekend tumbling 62% to an estimated $24.9M bringing the ten-day sum to $116.8M. Fellow summer super hero flicks Thor and X-Men: First Class fared better in their second rounds dropping by 47% and 56%, respectively. Green Lantern tumbled by 66%. With the upfront fan base out of the way and more action titles to come like this Friday's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America could be on course to end its domestic run in the $170M area. The Paramount film had its first major launch overseas this weekend with an estimated $48.5M from 31 territories, 30 of which were new. Totals now stand at $53.5M international and $170.3M global for Marvel's third entry of the season.

It was a monumental weekend for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which shattered the $300M domestic and $1 billion worldwide marks. In North America, the final wizard flick fell 54% to an estimated $21.9M boosting the 17-day cume to $318.5M. That makes it the top-grossing Harry Potter film ever surpassing the $317.6M of the first installment from 2001. Higher ticket prices and 3D surcharges led to the new franchise record, but the Hogwarts clan will take it. The domestic trajectory seems to be heading to the vicinity of $370M.

Overseas brought in a hearty $66.4M this weekend, down 48%, lifting the international haul to $690M and the worldwide gross to date to a mammoth $1.008 billion. With the powerful Chinese market to open this Thursday, the epic finale should easily surpass $1.2 billion and could even reach $1.3 billion making it the top-grossing non-James Cameron blockbuster of all time.

A trio of comedies followed all the big action flicks. The divorce comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love debuted in fifth place with respectable numbers grossing an estimated $19.3M from 3,020 theaters for a $6,391 average. Starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Kevin Bacon, the PG-13 film played to a mature audience and skewed female. Reviews were mostly good for the story of a man trying to reinvent himself in the single world after his wife of 25 years leaves him. The opening was about even with the $18.6M debut of last weekend's relationship comedy Friends With Benefits which boasted younger stars and an R rating. Crazy scored a B+ grade from CinemaScore which was good but not terrific and also opened below Carell's live-action comedies from last year - Date Night ($25.2M) and Dinner For Schmucks ($23.5M).

The Sony release Friends With Benefits dropped 50% to an estimated $9.3M while the Warner Bros. hit Horrible Bosses was the only holdover in the top ten to lose less than half of its audience slipping only 40% to an estimated $7.1M. Totals stand at a decent $38.2M for the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis pic and a sturdy $96.2M for the Jason Bateman flick which will hit $100M by Friday, the same day his next comedy The Change-Up opens.

The global juggernaut Transformers: Dark of the Moon followed with an estimated $6M, off 51%, raising Paramount's domestic haul to $337.9M putting it at number 19 on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters ahead of Spider-Man 3's $336.5M from 2007. Of course, the third webslinger had lower ticket prices and no 3D surcharges. The third Autobots film continued its loud assault around the world with an estimated $42M haul overseas lifting the international tally to a stellar $645M making the global gross soar to $982.9M. The film finally opened in Japan - its last major territory - taking in $9.5M with a very high 82% coming from the 3D screens. But China remains the leader with $22.8M in its second weekend boosting the local cume to an eye-popping $113.7M making it the second biggest U.S. film of all-time there after Avatar. Dark of the Moon will shatter the $1 billion mark in the coming days joining the latest Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter films in the billion-dollar VIP lounge. All three are effects-driven 3D action sequels.

The Kevin James comedy Zookeeper fell 52% to an estimated $4.2M putting Sony's total at $68.7M. Disney and Pixar rounded out the top ten with Cars 2 which collected an estimated $2.3M, down a steep 59%, giving the toon sequel $182.1M to date. The 3D pic will end Pixar's streak of nine consecutive $200M+ domestic grossers and will sell the fewest tickets of any of the company's dozen films.

It was a fragmented frame in the specialty marketplace with a handful of films generating solid debuts, though none stood out as astounding. The offbeat drama The Future from Roadside Attractions bowed to $28,185 from one solo New York house. The Brendan Gleeson-Don Cheadle blackmail comedy The Guard took in an estimated $80,000 from four sites for a $20,100 average for Sony Classics. Both earned strong reviews.

Critics were mixed on the Saddam Hussein pic The Devil's Double from Lionsgate which bowed in five theaters to an estimated $95,000 averaging $19,000 per location. Sony's Screen Gems unit released the well-reviewed British sci-fi pic Attack the Block and saw a $130,000 opening from eight playdates for a $16,306 average.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $167.4M which was up 30% from last year when Inception remained in the top spot for a third time with $27.5M; and up 56% from 2009 when Funny People debuted at number one with $22.7M.

Written by Gitesh Pandya, Box Office Guru!

Comments

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Great. Now we get to look forward to a Smurf sequel.

On a side not. What if the government invested in movies? With Potter 7 making over a billion dollars and the series making several billion dollars. We could pay for a lot with these type of returns. I would feel better about shilling out $14 to see a movie if I knew some of that was going to help pay peoples SS or medicare.

Jul 31 - 04:16 PM

filmfanatic

Chris Stanton

YA but think how that would corrupt the remaining artistry in the business. Every movie would be a cash grab, and say goodbye to festival films and the like. The oscars would be a joke, and the movie industry would always be the first thing hit by budget cuts. Not to mention that in the pathetic state our government is currently in, it's in no position to be expanding it's grasp.

Jul 31 - 04:26 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I totally see what you're saying. It was a vague thought that, if executed, would have many aspects to it. The bureaucracy of gov would definitely be an issue. Plus there would be the debate (using HP as example) that the gov supports witchcraft, etc. The right wingers would love that. However, the gov does fund various art programs, which are mostly free to express themselves as they wish.

In addition, the gov does fund and support things like videogames. I know the Call of Duty franchise has ties to the military. Why couldn't an investment be made along those lines? Almost like a grant but more of a loan.

Jul 31 - 04:53 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

The Oscars aren't currently a joke?

Jul 31 - 05:40 PM

Vinsense0991

Korey Winicky

I never get this argument or agree. i think its just for some people to feel that their word matters so they slander something without any reason and even if they were to give reasons they wouldnt be fruitful enough. oscars are not a joke other wise we would see HP and Twilight among others be nominated and heaven forbid win. thats what the MTVMOVIE awards are for adn even then its set up as entertainment and not about the awards. As far as the SHow itself for the Oscars yes its entertainment but deserving movies get their dues paid. having hurt locker win over Avatar is one way to say that the oscars are not a joke. and anybody who thinks the King Speech wasnt deserving is defiantely living under a rock unless your one that believes movies like Iron Man, Inception and Star Trek deserve awards. sure they were awesome movies but Kings Speech adn Hurt locker definately have more Gravitas. or to go further back, i already mentioned King Speech over the Social NEtwork. Hurt Locker over Avatar. I think 2009 was the only one taht i had an issue with SLumdog winning over Milk, Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case Of Ben Button. but stil Danny Boyle is an excellent filmmaker and in now way is main stream to the point that him winning would make the awards a joke. No Country For Old men is by far the Coehns best Dramatic take and won the year before that. this Oscar crap-talk is mindless cause the day we see teenie bopper flicks reign true and win awards OScars are not a joke. if your looking for the oscars to give nods to the VREY LOW and FEW indies out there... that was never what the oscars were set up to do...go to Sundance or CAANS(Sp?) Kaans?...

Aug 1 - 05:30 PM

astrangefish

Andrew Strange

Vinsense0991, just going by the Oscar examples you gave,
i would have put any of Inception/Social Network/Black Swan above Kings Speech,
i would have put There will be blood above No country for old men,
i would have put District 9 above Hurt Locker,
and i didn't have a problem with Slumdog winning (especially over Benjamin Button, one of the most bile-inducingly bad films i've seen)
This doesn't mean i'm right and you're wrong, my point is the Oscars are no better/no worse than any other awards ceremony - sometimes you'll agree and sometimes you won't but none of them have particulary impressive batting average - did you think Forest Gump was better than Pulp Fiction and Shawshank?!! :-/

Aug 2 - 01:12 PM

astrangefish

Andrew Strange

and it's 'cannes'

Aug 2 - 01:23 PM

Vinsense0991

Korey Winicky

WEll it just means that we agree. my point is OScars adn otehr award shows that honor movies even with NOMS are not a joke. cause they dont Nod to movies like Twilight or HP cause it made tons of money or because the tweenies liked it. all of the movies you mentioned... got nods and Noms as well at the awards. my blunt approach was to have someone like you respond inteh way you did, cause i agree with what you said. i mean not the content but your approach.

Aug 3 - 03:23 PM

tgibfo

Matt Ritchey

wait wait wait...... IF the government stepped in then SUDDENLY movies would be cash grabs and Oscars would be a joke?

Jul 31 - 06:26 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Madness! Madness! This is not Sparta, this is the WHITE HOUSE!

Jul 31 - 07:04 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Especially when I can't figure out why everyone likes it so much. The films aren't particularly that great. Glossed up and polished to the max, no doubt - but that doesn't make the story any more interesting, and by the end they were really winging it. To be honest, that a film like HP:DH2 is rated anywhere near up there with Return of the King is ludicrous. Potter is disposable pop-cinema, not classic film.

Jul 31 - 06:20 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Prisoner of Azkaban is a good movie. The rest are ok.

Jul 31 - 06:35 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Agree.

Jul 31 - 09:49 PM

T45Red

Mitchell Nash

I strongly agree. Polished to the max. I don't see how it got over 90% on the Tomato-Meter.

Aug 4 - 12:53 AM

dewright23

Don Wright

They sort of do. Missouri USED to have a tax break program for studios wanting to film in the state which was used by Up In the Air and Winters Bone. And despite having Paramount already committed to spending millions of dollars in the state in order to get the tax break our genius governor cancels the program due to cutbacks. That makes perfect sense to me, cut a program that generates revenue for the state.

Aug 1 - 01:54 PM

Dave J

Dave J

If you mean the huge deficit- it has alot to do with the Rupublicans who don't want to tax the wealthy more, such as the oil companies and CEO banks because alot of their best friends are with them. While the Republicans wanted to get rid of the deficit by taxing more money from local senoirs and our soldiers is an absolute atrocity! If their is any party that could divide up a nation it would be The Republicans who want to divide the rich and the poor!

Aug 5 - 03:07 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

Well, this terrible, it seemed as though this summer would finally end the 3-d craze but smurfs, hp8, and tf3 seem to have come to 3-d's rescue at the last second. I'm glad Harry potter did so well, but I really wish the other 2 had done more poorly. Not surprised by cowboys doing poorly though. While I'm sure their are alot of people who from the name alone thought the movie would be awesome, there were way more people that the name was a huge turn of to. I'm curious about how next weekend will play out though. Rise of the apes is in my opinion the biggest wildcard of the summer. It could bomb, but it could also be a big hit and show strong legs thanks to the weak august competiton. I also wonder if change up will be another r rated comedy hit this summer, or if most audiences are done with r rated comdies this summer and the film will suffer financially because of this. If it's the latter, I think we could give Ryan Reynolds the title of biggest box office loser of the summer.

Jul 31 - 04:19 PM

Alex L.

Alex Lavoie

the 3d of transformers was simply awesome, the first real 3d movie since avatar and resident evil

Jul 31 - 08:14 PM

moviegeek151

James Stevens

Amen! The 3D was the best I've ever seen and, yes, I'll say it: Better 3D than Avatar. I was astounded.

Aug 1 - 12:01 AM

moviegeek151

James Stevens

Amen! The 3D was the best I've ever seen and, yes, I'll say it: Better 3D than Avatar. I was astounded.

Aug 1 - 12:03 AM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

You claim comic movies are killing the industry, then turn around and go see Transformers as well as Resident Evil, in 3D no less? Could you possibly fail any harder?

Aug 1 - 02:10 AM

Alica L.

Alica Leo

The blue people in smurfs were simply awesome. The first true blue people movie since avatar ... Is what you might as well have said.

Jul 31 - 08:40 PM

Sam S.

Sam Spencer

Are you serious? Did you not watch TF3 in 3D? Or are you just talking out of your ass? I have not seen any movie utilize 3D better than TF3 did to date, and it deserved every penny that it made so that studios can start making real 3D films. Not post converted garbage. You're an idiot if you think TF3 shouldn't have made money, because you obviously no nothing about the advancement of technology and innovation. You're just one of those "cinema buffs" that hates blockbusters and visually driven films so that you can seem smarter than everyone else. Get over yourself, someone needs to bring you back down to Earth. Egotistical people like you disgust me.

Aug 1 - 12:42 AM

Sam S.

Sam Spencer

know*

Aug 1 - 12:44 AM

Bjornar

A B

Sam, while I agree with the general sentiment, remember that some of TF3's 3D was done in post as well.

Aug 1 - 05:43 AM

Jagooly J.

Jagooly J

Sam, I'm hungry. Could you share one of those chips on your shoulder with me?

Aug 1 - 06:41 AM

Bow Ties are Cool

The Holy Rainbow of Awesomness

Transformers 3 doesn't desever the billion dollars it's going to get. It was a guilty pleasure but I can't handle Michael Bay making so much money. He'll go on and on about how wrong the critics where and how they don't matter and how he's the greatest but soon everyone will attack either this movie or his next one he will force some catsmurf apology saying he's going to get it right next time JUST LIKE HE DID WITH TRANSFORMERS 2.

Aug 1 - 07:53 AM

Bow Ties are Cool

The Holy Rainbow of Awesomness

HP's success is because of the movie itself and not the 3D. The people who saw it in 3D where forced to because 2D was sold out.

Aug 1 - 02:36 AM

filmfanatic

Chris Stanton

YA but think how that would corrupt the remaining artistry in the business. Every movie would be a cash grab, and say goodbye to festival films and the like. The oscars would be a joke, and the movie industry would always be the first thing hit by budget cuts. Not to mention that in the pathetic state our government is currently in, it's in no position to be expanding it's grasp.

Jul 31 - 04:26 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I totally see what you're saying. It was a vague thought that, if executed, would have many aspects to it. The bureaucracy of gov would definitely be an issue. Plus there would be the debate (using HP as example) that the gov supports witchcraft, etc. The right wingers would love that. However, the gov does fund various art programs, which are mostly free to express themselves as they wish.

In addition, the gov does fund and support things like videogames. I know the Call of Duty franchise has ties to the military. Why couldn't an investment be made along those lines? Almost like a grant but more of a loan.

Jul 31 - 04:53 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

The Oscars aren't currently a joke?

Jul 31 - 05:40 PM

Vinsense0991

Korey Winicky

I never get this argument or agree. i think its just for some people to feel that their word matters so they slander something without any reason and even if they were to give reasons they wouldnt be fruitful enough. oscars are not a joke other wise we would see HP and Twilight among others be nominated and heaven forbid win. thats what the MTVMOVIE awards are for adn even then its set up as entertainment and not about the awards. As far as the SHow itself for the Oscars yes its entertainment but deserving movies get their dues paid. having hurt locker win over Avatar is one way to say that the oscars are not a joke. and anybody who thinks the King Speech wasnt deserving is defiantely living under a rock unless your one that believes movies like Iron Man, Inception and Star Trek deserve awards. sure they were awesome movies but Kings Speech adn Hurt locker definately have more Gravitas. or to go further back, i already mentioned King Speech over the Social NEtwork. Hurt Locker over Avatar. I think 2009 was the only one taht i had an issue with SLumdog winning over Milk, Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case Of Ben Button. but stil Danny Boyle is an excellent filmmaker and in now way is main stream to the point that him winning would make the awards a joke. No Country For Old men is by far the Coehns best Dramatic take and won the year before that. this Oscar crap-talk is mindless cause the day we see teenie bopper flicks reign true and win awards OScars are not a joke. if your looking for the oscars to give nods to the VREY LOW and FEW indies out there... that was never what the oscars were set up to do...go to Sundance or CAANS(Sp?) Kaans?...

Aug 1 - 05:30 PM

astrangefish

Andrew Strange

Vinsense0991, just going by the Oscar examples you gave,
i would have put any of Inception/Social Network/Black Swan above Kings Speech,
i would have put There will be blood above No country for old men,
i would have put District 9 above Hurt Locker,
and i didn't have a problem with Slumdog winning (especially over Benjamin Button, one of the most bile-inducingly bad films i've seen)
This doesn't mean i'm right and you're wrong, my point is the Oscars are no better/no worse than any other awards ceremony - sometimes you'll agree and sometimes you won't but none of them have particulary impressive batting average - did you think Forest Gump was better than Pulp Fiction and Shawshank?!! :-/

Aug 2 - 01:12 PM

astrangefish

Andrew Strange

and it's 'cannes'

Aug 2 - 01:23 PM

Vinsense0991

Korey Winicky

WEll it just means that we agree. my point is OScars adn otehr award shows that honor movies even with NOMS are not a joke. cause they dont Nod to movies like Twilight or HP cause it made tons of money or because the tweenies liked it. all of the movies you mentioned... got nods and Noms as well at the awards. my blunt approach was to have someone like you respond inteh way you did, cause i agree with what you said. i mean not the content but your approach.

Aug 3 - 03:23 PM

tgibfo

Matt Ritchey

wait wait wait...... IF the government stepped in then SUDDENLY movies would be cash grabs and Oscars would be a joke?

Jul 31 - 06:26 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Madness! Madness! This is not Sparta, this is the WHITE HOUSE!

Jul 31 - 07:04 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

What stings me more than anything about reading this box office report is that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is going to crack $1 billion worldwide. What a travesty...

Jul 31 - 04:32 PM

filmmaniac123

Aakash Kumar

lol same :(

Jul 31 - 05:02 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Yes, but Harry Potter beat Transformers to a billion despite being released two weeks later. So that's something, I suppose

Jul 31 - 05:14 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Simply view it as a gauge of how many idiots there are running around. For love of tits, stupid people please stop f*&^ing.

Jul 31 - 06:11 PM

Alica L.

Alica Leo

So your idea for getting rid of stupid people is to stop stupid people from having sex so that they don't give birth to stupid babies?

Jul 31 - 06:53 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Yes. Not gonna happen, admittedly.

Jul 31 - 09:50 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Are you guys familiar with the darwin awards?

Jul 31 - 11:12 PM

Bay is .001 Nolan

Bay is .001 Nolan

Yeah, what a travesty! Bay will be richer again and will probably make the sequel for Smurfs! While Katy Perry may not win a Grammy(music's less credible mainstream music award madness) but she could win an Oscar! Oh crap, she did voice only on Smurfs-- she will just continue making autotuned blow-up doll pop music!

Aug 1 - 04:48 AM

Helmkat

Thomas Helmka

Honestly I don't know how anyone who saw II didn't boycott III, my brain still boils with the stupidity of Transformers II.

Aug 1 - 06:30 AM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

3 was better than 2 so im not complaining

Aug 2 - 11:33 AM

Jason H.

Jason Huang

transformers 3 wasn't actually that bad...

Aug 1 - 02:16 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I totally see what you're saying. It was a vague thought that, if executed, would have many aspects to it. The bureaucracy of gov would definitely be an issue. Plus there would be the debate (using HP as example) that the gov supports witchcraft, etc. The right wingers would love that. However, the gov does fund various art programs, which are mostly free to express themselves as they wish.

In addition, the gov does fund and support things like videogames. I know the Call of Duty franchise has ties to the military. Why couldn't an investment be made along those lines? Almost like a grant but more of a loan.

Jul 31 - 04:53 PM

filmmaniac123

Aakash Kumar

lol same :(

Jul 31 - 05:02 PM

Dakota -Kapodaco- Gordon

Dakota Gordon

OMG! The Smurfs gettin' #1? Wow! I never saw that comin'! That's almost as unexpected as Transformers bein' popular with kids!

Jul 31 - 05:13 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Yes, but Harry Potter beat Transformers to a billion despite being released two weeks later. So that's something, I suppose

Jul 31 - 05:14 PM

MAMOVIES

Matheus Cassiano

Not great.. but I can live with that..

Jul 31 - 05:20 PM

Alica L.

Alica Leo

Good to know you aren't going to do suicide over box office results.

Jul 31 - 07:04 PM

Bay is .001 Nolan

Bay is .001 Nolan

Haha, great one!

Aug 1 - 04:40 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Smurfin' Smurfs. Smurf all the Smurf-loving mother-smurfing pieces of Smurf. I mean, for Smurf's sake, it's Smurfin' Smurfs in 3-Smirfing-D, who the Smurf would Smurfin' pay to see that Smurf?

Jul 31 - 05:34 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Beat me to it. Smurf you, go smurf yourself Watcher!

Jul 31 - 06:06 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Watch your smurfing mouth, you sonamasmurf!! :)

Jul 31 - 06:34 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

and right here, we're seeing for ourselves how The Smurfs made 36 million dollars :)

Aug 1 - 07:05 AM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Haha, this is funny. :)

Jul 31 - 07:20 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

The Oscars aren't currently a joke?

Jul 31 - 05:40 PM

Vinsense0991

Korey Winicky

I never get this argument or agree. i think its just for some people to feel that their word matters so they slander something without any reason and even if they were to give reasons they wouldnt be fruitful enough. oscars are not a joke other wise we would see HP and Twilight among others be nominated and heaven forbid win. thats what the MTVMOVIE awards are for adn even then its set up as entertainment and not about the awards. As far as the SHow itself for the Oscars yes its entertainment but deserving movies get their dues paid. having hurt locker win over Avatar is one way to say that the oscars are not a joke. and anybody who thinks the King Speech wasnt deserving is defiantely living under a rock unless your one that believes movies like Iron Man, Inception and Star Trek deserve awards. sure they were awesome movies but Kings Speech adn Hurt locker definately have more Gravitas. or to go further back, i already mentioned King Speech over the Social NEtwork. Hurt Locker over Avatar. I think 2009 was the only one taht i had an issue with SLumdog winning over Milk, Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case Of Ben Button. but stil Danny Boyle is an excellent filmmaker and in now way is main stream to the point that him winning would make the awards a joke. No Country For Old men is by far the Coehns best Dramatic take and won the year before that. this Oscar crap-talk is mindless cause the day we see teenie bopper flicks reign true and win awards OScars are not a joke. if your looking for the oscars to give nods to the VREY LOW and FEW indies out there... that was never what the oscars were set up to do...go to Sundance or CAANS(Sp?) Kaans?...

Aug 1 - 05:30 PM

astrangefish

Andrew Strange

Vinsense0991, just going by the Oscar examples you gave,
i would have put any of Inception/Social Network/Black Swan above Kings Speech,
i would have put There will be blood above No country for old men,
i would have put District 9 above Hurt Locker,
and i didn't have a problem with Slumdog winning (especially over Benjamin Button, one of the most bile-inducingly bad films i've seen)
This doesn't mean i'm right and you're wrong, my point is the Oscars are no better/no worse than any other awards ceremony - sometimes you'll agree and sometimes you won't but none of them have particulary impressive batting average - did you think Forest Gump was better than Pulp Fiction and Shawshank?!! :-/

Aug 2 - 01:12 PM

astrangefish

Andrew Strange

and it's 'cannes'

Aug 2 - 01:23 PM

Vinsense0991

Korey Winicky

WEll it just means that we agree. my point is OScars adn otehr award shows that honor movies even with NOMS are not a joke. cause they dont Nod to movies like Twilight or HP cause it made tons of money or because the tweenies liked it. all of the movies you mentioned... got nods and Noms as well at the awards. my blunt approach was to have someone like you respond inteh way you did, cause i agree with what you said. i mean not the content but your approach.

Aug 3 - 03:23 PM

Bradley J.

Bradley J

Wasn't surprised with The Smurfs on top even though it was close between Cowboys and Aliens and it. Sad that Pooh got knocked off the top 10 and congrats for Potter I finally saw it and loved it.

Jul 31 - 05:46 PM

Jacob H.

Jacob Holmes

Well don't feel too bad. It's set to make more than the budget so Disney won't have a repeat of Mars Needs Moms. The reason Pooh didn't make as much was because of poor marketing and a terrible release date. Harry Potter vs. Winnie the Pooh. That was just a bad move on Disney's part.

Jul 31 - 08:49 PM

Bradley J.

Bradley J

Yes I agree with the poor release date maybe if they made it about two weeks later the Potter excitement would've died down.

Aug 1 - 07:02 AM

Sean Y.

Sean Y.

Smurfs on top? Oh dear...

Jul 31 - 10:17 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

I guess this means we won't be seeing Stockbrokers and Dinosaurs any time soon.

Jul 31 - 05:50 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

But what about Dinosaur Stockbrokers?

Jul 31 - 05:54 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

Sounds like a bad Jurrasic park 4 script idea.

Jul 31 - 05:57 PM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

You mean a fantastic one!

Aug 1 - 12:54 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Baby boomers and Aliens.

Jul 31 - 06:34 PM

Alica L.

Alica Leo

Smurfs and chipmunks? Seems like a sure box office hit to me. I've always been interested in a Brady bunch and addams family mash-up also.

Jul 31 - 06:50 PM

Brian B.

Brian Barreto

How about The Avengers & The Justice League of America? Or Star Wars & Star Trek? Democrats & Republicans? LOTR & Harry Potter? The possibilities of these blendings is endless.

Jul 31 - 07:28 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Democrats and Republicans? Whoa man, now that's going too far.

Aug 1 - 12:50 AM

Brian B.

Brian Barreto

I just mentioned it since the Federal Government was in recent turmoil thanks to the Debt Battle in Washington. Thankfully, though, its been resolved for the brief time being and we don't have to see this film...yet.

Aug 1 - 08:29 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

Freddy versus Jason

Aug 1 - 10:15 AM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

i always wanted to see Eskimos vs. Scorpions

Aug 1 - 05:52 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

But what about Dinosaur Stockbrokers?

Jul 31 - 05:54 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

Sounds like a bad Jurrasic park 4 script idea.

Jul 31 - 05:57 PM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

You mean a fantastic one!

Aug 1 - 12:54 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

Sounds like a bad Jurrasic park 4 script idea.

Jul 31 - 05:57 PM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

You mean a fantastic one!

Aug 1 - 12:54 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Don't get me wrong, I love the Smurfs from growing up with them. But this live action/cgi hybrid nonsense only appeals to kids, and I suspect there is very little in the movie worthy of nostalgia. I can't say I'm happy C&A tanked, but I can say I saw it coming. I like my westerns old school and my alien films in the future, and from the looks of it most others felt this way too.

Jul 31 - 06:05 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Beat me to it. Smurf you, go smurf yourself Watcher!

Jul 31 - 06:06 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Watch your smurfing mouth, you sonamasmurf!! :)

Jul 31 - 06:34 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

and right here, we're seeing for ourselves how The Smurfs made 36 million dollars :)

Aug 1 - 07:05 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Simply view it as a gauge of how many idiots there are running around. For love of tits, stupid people please stop f*&^ing.

Jul 31 - 06:11 PM

Alica L.

Alica Leo

So your idea for getting rid of stupid people is to stop stupid people from having sex so that they don't give birth to stupid babies?

Jul 31 - 06:53 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Yes. Not gonna happen, admittedly.

Jul 31 - 09:50 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Are you guys familiar with the darwin awards?

Jul 31 - 11:12 PM

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