'Apes' Stronger Than Humans: Conan, Harrison Ford & Daniel Craig Take a Beating

Jason Momoa shirtless, Conan the Barbarian
A shirtless Jason Momoa, Conan the Barbarian

Aug. 21, '11, update: Down one spot this weekend (Aug. 19–21), Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes collected $16.3 million (down 41 percent) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Officially budgeted at $93 million, the Planet of the Apes reboot starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, and John Lithgow, has taken in $133.76 million after three weekends.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D will be gone from the top ten box office chart in no time at all after opening in third place with a meager $12.02 million at 3,095 locations. About 45 percent of the adventure comedy's returns originated from 3D locations.

Spy Kids 4 is the worst-performing Spy Kids movie to date; in fact, it'll have trouble matching its relatively modest $27 million budget – let alone recover it. As for the film's Aromascope gimmick, it will surely go the way of Scent of a Mystery's Smell-o-Vision and Polyester's Odorama. Good riddance, too.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, among whose credits are Sin City, Machete, and Grindhouse, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World features Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Machete's Danny Trejo (as a character named Uncle Machete), and the voice of Ricky Gervais.

Marcus Nispel's $90 million-budgeted Conan the Barbarian looked more like Conan the Wimp at the domestic box office, opening at no. 4 with a weak $10 million at 3,015 locations, averaging only 3,317 per theater. Conan was the only top-twelve movie to be down (-3 percent) on Saturday. Jason Momoa stars as the shirtless, six-packed barbarian of the title. The good news – though not for distributor Lionsgate – is that chances are there won't be a Conan sequel or a reboot in the near future.

For comparison's sake: Back in 1982, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Conan the Barbarian debuted with $9.6 million, or about $26 million today. Directed by John Milius, that piece of trash helped to turn Schwarzenegger into one of the biggest – and most unwatchable – stars of '80s.

Photo: Conan the Barbarian (Simon Varsano / Universal)

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Cicely Tyson, Lila Rogers, The Help
Cicely Tyson, Lila Rogers, The Help

After twelve days out, Tate Taylor's female-driven drama The Help is now all but assured a Best Picture Oscar nomination. In addition to its socially conscious theme and the generally good positive reviews – 68 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics – The Help has been doing remarkably well at the domestic box office.

After topping the North American box office chart with an estimated $20.47 million this weekend (Aug. 19-21) as per Box Office Mojo, The Help has collected a total of $71.8 million to date. The comedy-drama about ethnic relations in the American South will surely end up grossing more than $100 million domestically, thus far surpassing two recent female-centered August releases, the Meryl Streep-Amy Adams comedy Julie & Julia (cume: $94.12m) and the Julia Roberts romance flick Eat Pray Love (cume: $80.57m). The Help features Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, and Cicely Tyson.

Also worth noting, after adding 156 locations The Help was down only 21 percent compared to last weekend. That's a quite low drop-off rate even considering that the $25 million-budgeted film had opened on a Wednesday. Its average was a solid $7,613 per theater.

Additionally, The Help is one of two movies in 2011 to have topped the North American weekend box office chart after trailing another movie on a previous weekend. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's True Grit – which went on to receive a Best Picture Oscar nod – was The Help's predecessor back in January. Last weekend, The Help trailed the James Franco sci-fier Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Two recent female-driven Best Picture Oscar nominees had done excellent business in the U.S. and Canada prior to being shortlisted: Black Swan, which earned Natalie Portman the 2011 Best Actress Oscar, and The Blind Side, which earned Sandra Bullock the 2010 Best Actress Oscar. Also, the Annette Bening-Julianne Moore vehicle The Kids Are All Right was a solid arthouse hit. Needless to say, SAG Award nominations for The Help are all but inevitable, including one for Best Cast.

Photo: The Help (Dale Robinette / DreamWorks / Disney Enterprises)

Aug. 14

Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone, The Help
Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone, The Help

Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, though down 50 percent from last weekend, topped the North American box office for the second weekend in a row. Starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow, Rise of the Planet of the Apes brought in $27.5 million this weekend (Aug. 12-14) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Second-weekend drop-off rate comparisons to other high profile releases such as Thor, X-Men: First Class, or Captain America: The First Avenger aren't fair because the aforementioned three movies all grossed about three times more at Thursday midnight “preview” screenings than Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Hence, all things being equal second-weekend drop-off rates would have been higher for those films. Captain America was down 62 percent, X-Men: First Class 56 percent, and Thor a more modest 47 percent.

Officially budgeted at $93 million, Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be passing the $100 million milestone some time today. Its estimated domestic cume after ten days is $104.87 million. Worldwide cume: $179.27 million.

At no. 2, Tate Taylor's $25 million-budgeted The Help overperformed, earning far more than the expected $20-22 million. Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, and veterans Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson, and Mary Steenburgen, The Help grossed $25.52 million at 2,511 locations, thus far surpassing Rise of the Planet of the Apes in the per-theater-average department: $10,073 vs. $7,451.

For comparison's sake: the $60 millionJulia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco vehicle Eat Pray Love collected $23.1 million at 3,082 sites on its first weekend out in August last year, while the $40 millionMeryl Streep-Amy Adams comedy-drama Julie & Julia pulled in $20 million when it opened at 2,354 venues in August 2009. Even more notable is that The Help had already blown some box office steam on Wednesday, whereas Eat Pray Love and Julie & Julia opened on a Friday.

Hindered by mostly negative reviews, Eat Pray Love cumed at $80.57 million in North America; the romantic drama fared better overseas, collecting $124 million for a $204.59 million worldwide cume. Helped by positive Oscar buzz surrounding Meryl Streep's performance, Julie & Julia went on to gross $94.12 million domestically – but, surprisingly, only $35.41 million overseas for a worldwide total of $129.54 million.

With the help of excellent reviews and lots of Oscar buzz, The Help should have a long life at the U.S. and Canada box office. But will audiences abroad give a damn? Back in 1989, Driving Miss Daisy grossed $106.59 million domestically (approximately $214 million today), but a relatively modest $39.2 million abroad (approximately $78 million today) despite its Best Picture Oscar win, an Oscar for star Jessica Tandy, and nominations for Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd.

More recently, another popular release at the domestic box office that also dealt with American “family values” and ethnic issues, the Sandra Bullock vehicle The Blind Side, went on to gross an astounding $255.95 million in North America, but only $53.24 million overseas despite a Best Picture Oscar nomination and a Best Actress win for Bullock.

Not helping The Help is the fact that Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, and most other cast members are hardly known outside the United States. Emma Stone, for her part, may have had a domestic sleeper hit in Easy A — $58.41 million on a $8 million production budget; but internationally, the romantic comedy failed to click, earning a paltry $16.55 million.

Photo: The Help (Dale Robinette / DreamWorks / Disney Enterprises)

Aug. 14

Arlen Escarpeta, Nicholas D'Agosto, P. J. Byrne, Emma Bell, Final Destination 5
Arlen Escarpeta, Nicholas D'Agosto, P. J. Byrne, Emma Bell, Final Destination 5

Directed by Steven Quale, and featuring Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, and Miles Fisher, Warner Bros./New Line's Final Destination 5 opened at no. 3 with a disappointing $18.4 million this weekend (Aug. 12-14) at the North American box office, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Some had been predicting that Final Destination 5, especially with the assistance of 3D surcharges (about 75 percent of the estimated gross), would reach $25-$30 million. The previous installment in the Final Destination franchise, also in 3D, opened with $27 million in 2009 and went on to gross more than $66 million. Final Destination 5, the least attended of the Final Destination movies, will be lucky if it earns half as much. It was one of this weekend's three top-twelve movies down (-14 percent) on Saturday; the others were new releases 30 Seconds or Less (down 7 percent) and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (down a whopping down 36 percent).

At no. 4, The Smurfs earned another $13.5 million (down 35 percent from last weekend) for a total of $101.54 million domestically. Internationally, The Smurfs topped the box office chart, with $60 million in 44 territories. Worldwide cume to date: $242.6 million. Budget: $110 million. The Smurfs features Neil Patrick Harris and Sofia Vergara, and the voices of Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Paul Reubens, and others.

Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less, with The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, and Danny McBride, opened with a highly disappointing $13 million at 2,888 locations. The Sony Pictures-distributed, R-rated action comedy will obviously have trouble matching its $28 million production budget at the North American box office. (And remember, studios get only about 50-55 percent of a film's domestic box office gross.) Overseas prospects don't look promising either, as Fleischer, Eisenberg, Ansari, and McBride and hardly well-known names abroad.

Another new entry, Kevin Tancharoen's Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, flopped badly. Featuring musical performances by cast members of Glee the 2D TV series, Glee 3D earned a dismal $5.7 million at no. 11, averaging only $2,794 per theater at 2,040 sites. Among those showcasing their vocal cords in the Glee movie are Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron, in addition to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Photo: Final Destination 5 (Doane Gregory / Warner Bros. / New Line)

Analeigh Tipton, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Crazy Stupid Love
Analeigh Tipton, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Crazy, Stupid, Love

Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, starring Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, and Olivia Wilde, was no. 6 this weekend (Aug. 12-14) at the North American box office, grossing $7.61 million (down 52 percent) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Officially budgeted at $163 million, Cowboys & Aliens has taken in only $81.47 million domestically, in addition to a meager $7 million in 14 international territories, including Russia and South Korea.

At no. 7, Captain America: The First Avenger added $7.12 million (down 43 percent) for a domestic cume of $156.88 million – thus passing the $150 million milestone. Starring Chris Evans, Captain America was reportedly made for $140 million. Even if that figure is accurate, it doesn't include distribution and marketing costs. Captain America's worldwide cume currently stands at a respectable $285.18 million – though still quite a bit behind Kenneth Branagh-Chris Hemsworth's Thor, which has brought in $448 million, and even X-Men: First Class's $349.94 million. The X-Men reboot stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Next in line was Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, and Ryan Gosling, with $6.93 million (down 42 percent) at no. 8. North American total to date: $55.4 million. Budget: $50 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were Daniel Radcliffe-Ralph Fiennes' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 with $6.87 million, Jason Bateman-Ryan Reynolds' The Change-Up with $6.21 million (down 54 percent on its second weekend out), Glee: The Concert 3D Movie with $5.7 million, Jennifer Aniston-Colin Farrell-Kevin Spacey's Horrible Bosses with $2.44 million.

Gone from the top twelve were Mila Kunis-Justin Timberlake's Friends with Benefits, Michael Bay-Shia LaBeouf-Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Kevin James' Zookeeper.

Though no longer among the top twelve, Zookeeper remains embroiled in damaging accusations that the filmmakers failed to care for a giraffe, which collapsed and died during the making of the “family” film. Another controversy along those lines has erupted around the Francis Lawrence-directed, Robert Pattinson-Reese Witherspoon-Christoph Waltz vehicle Water for Elephants, as an animal rights group has accused the owners of Tai the Elephant (Rosie in the movie) of viciously abusing the pachyderm.

Among the top twelve movies on the North American box office chart, The Help had the biggest per-theater average, $10,073. Horrible Bosses had the lowest, $1,824.

Also among the top twelve (except for newcomers The Help, Glee: The 3D Movie, Final Destination 5, and 30 Minutes or Less), The Change-Up posted the highest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 54 percent. The Smurfs posted the lowest, down 35 percent.

Photo: Crazy, Stupid, Love (Ben Glass / Warner Bros.)

Aug. 13

Miles Fisher, Emma Bell, Nicholas d'Agosto, Final Destination 5
Miles Fisher, Emma Bell, Nicholas D'Agosto, Final Destination 5

Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes will likely top the North American box office this weekend, according to preliminary estimates found at both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com. Starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, and Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes grossed an estimated $7.8 million on Friday, which may translate into $26 million for the weekend.

At a relatively close no. 2, Tate Taylor's The Help collected between $7-7.5 million on Friday, and should gross between $20-22 million over the weekend. The acclaimed comedy drama about 1960s Southern white women and their black maids, The Help features Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, and veterans Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson, and Mary Steenburgen.

Warner Bros./New Line's Final Destination 5, despite its revenue-boosting 3D-surcharge, opened on Friday with a modest $7 million, which means the horror flick should earn about $18 million by Sunday evening. That will place it way behind the previous installment in the Final Destination franchise and below studio expectations.

Faring even worse was the Ruben Fleischer-Jesse Eisenberg effort 30 Minutes or Less, with about $4.5 million on Friday and only $13 million for the weekend. But the least successful new release seems to be Glee: The Movie, with a paltry $3 million on Friday and about $7.5 million for the weekend.

Ahead of Glee was holdover The Smurfs, with $3.7 million on Friday and about $13 million before the weekend is over. Neil Patrick Harris and Sofia Vergara star, along with the voices of Katy Perry and Paul Reubens.

Remember, those are early, preliminary estimates. Official Friday estimates will come out on Saturday morning; weekend estimates will be available on Sunday. Weekend box office actuals will be released on Monday.

Photo: Final Destination 5 (Doane Gregory / Warner Bros.).

Aug. 11

Emma Stone, The Help
Emma Stone, The Help

Rise of the Planet of the Apes may top the North American box office for the second weekend in a row, though newcomer The Help could turn out to be the upset winner. Directed by Tate Taylor (who also adapted Kathryn Stockett's novel), and featuring an extensive female cast that includes Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, and veterans Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson, and Mary Steenburgen, The Help – with the help of excellent reviews and lots of Oscar buzz – topped the U.S. and Canada box office on Wednesday, August 10, grossing $5.51 million at 2,511 locations according to Box Office Mojo.

At no. 2, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow, brought in $4.91 million. Since its current total (up to Wed.) is $73.04 million, it's pretty certain that Rise of the Planet of the Apes will pass the $100 million milestone before the weekend is over. Else, that feat will take place on Monday.

Another possibility for the no. 1 spot this coming weekend is Final Destination 5, which will be getting some 3D-surcharge assistance. The previous installment in the Final Destination franchise opened with $27 million in 2009 and went on to gross more than $66 million. Directed by Steven Quale, Final Destination 5 features Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, and Miles Fisher.

The other two major releases opening Friday are Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less, with The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg, and Kevin Tancharoen's Glee the 3D Concert Movie, featuring Glee the 2D TV series cast members Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron, in addition to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Photo: The Help (Disney Enterprises).

Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, The Change-Up
Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, The Change-Up

At no. 3 on Wednesday, Aug. 10, The Smurfs pulled in 2.98 million according to Box Office Mojo. Featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Sofia Vergara, and the voices of Katy Perry, Paul Reubens, and others, The Smurfs will surely pass the $100 million milestone this weekend. Its total up to Aug. 10 stood at $85.57 million.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, 2011's biggest domestic and international box office hit, was the no. 4 movie, with earnings of $1.66 million. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Ralph Fiennes, Deathly Hallows 2 should pass the $350 million milestone either sometime today or on Friday. Total to date: $348.56 million.

The latest Harry Potter movie was followed by Captain America: The First Avenger with $1.5 million at no. 5. Starring Chris Evans in the title role, the action/adventure drama will pass the $150 million milestone either sometime today or on Friday. Total up to Wed.: $148.36 million.

Next in line were Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, and Ryan Gosling, with $1.466 million at no. 6 and Cowboys & Aliens, starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, with $1.464 million at no. 7.

At no. 8, the fast-fading The Change-Up, with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, drew $1.33 million. The poorly received comedy will quite possibly be gone from the top ten on its second weekend out.

Rounding out the top twelve were Mila Kunis-Justin Timberlake's Friends with Benefits with $597,000, Jennifer Aniston-Kevin Spacey-Colin Farrell's Horrible Bosses with $565,000, Michael Bay-Shia LaBeouf-Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Transformers: Dark of the Moon with $375,000, and Kevin James' Zookeeper with $365,000. Friends with Benefits passed the $50 million mark on Tuesday; its current cume is $50.7 million. And finally, gone from the top twelve was John Lasseter's Cars 2.

Among the top twelve movies on the North American box office chart, The Help had the biggest per-theater average, $2,195. Zookeeper had the lowest, $182.

Also among the top twelve (except for newcomer The Help), Friends with Benefits posted the highest Tuesday-to-Wednesday drop-off rate, down 31 percent. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 posted the lowest, down 17 percent.

Photo: The Change-Up (Universal Pictures).

Aug. 6

Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes may gross up to $18 million at the North American box office on Friday, according to early estimates found in The Hollywood Reporter. The aforementioned figure includes about $1.25 million from Thursday midnight screenings.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt, and starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, and King Kong's Andy Serkis as the ape Caesar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes may reach $45 million by Sunday evening. Box-office pundits had been predicting an opening between $35-45 million.

Whereas Rise of the Planet of the Apes is overperforming, the R-rated comedy The Change-Up is underperforming in – possibly – fourth place. Directed by David Dobkin, and starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, the poorly received The Change-Up is expected to collect only $4.5 million on Friday, for a weekend ranging between the low-to-mid teens. This marks Ryan Reynolds' second box office misfire this summer, following the mediocre domestic earnings – and downright dismal foreign earnings – of the Green Lantern movie adaptation.

At no. 2, The Smurfs movie version drew an estimated $5.7 million. The surprise (mid-level) hit stars Neil Patrick Harris and Sofia Vergara, and features the voices of Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Paul Reubens, and others.

For now, the no. 3 spot belongs to the Jon Favreau-directed flop-in-the-making Cowboys & Aliens, starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. This costly ($163+m) mix of the Western and the sci-fi genres pulled in an estimated $4.7 million. When official Friday studio estimates are released Saturday morning, it's possible that Cowboys & Aliens will switch box office bodies with The Change-Up.

Photo: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox)

Aug. 5

James Franco, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
James Franco, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, and a resimianized Andy Serkis – he had already played the giant gorilla in Peter Jackson's King Kong – grossed $1.25 million at 1,124 Thursday midnight screenings, according to Box Office Mojo.

For comparison's sake: That's nearly twice what Daniel Craig-Harrison Ford's Cowboys & Aliens collected at midnight screenings a week ago, but less than a third of the (3D-assisted) midnight take of Chris Evans-Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger and Kenneth Branagh-Chris Hemsworth's Thor.

Ten years ago, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, starring Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter, earned $68.5 million on opening weekend, or approximately $96.5 million adjusted for inflation. With luck, Rise of the Planet of the Apes will reach half of the inflation-adjusted figure. Estimates have ranged between $35-45 million, though that should be enough for the Rupert Wyatt-directed sci-fier to top the North American box office.

Officially, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, is neither a prequel nor a sequel to Planet of the Apes. In truth, however, it is a prequel – as well as a loose remake of J. Lee Thompson's 1972 critical and box office disappointment Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

The original 1968 Planet of the Apes starred Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, and Kim Hunter. Franklin J. Schaffner directed. There were a total of four sequels: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), the aforementioned Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Jennifer Aniston, Horrible Bosses
Jennifer Aniston, Horrible Bosses

After coming in second over the weekend ,The Smurfs has topped the North American box office throughout this week. On Thursday, August 4, The Smurfs collected $4.09 million according to Box Office Mojo, thus easily maintaining its lead. Directed by Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Scooby-Doo's Raja Gosnell, the 3D film features Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, and Sofia Vergara, in addition to the voices of Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, and others.

At no. 2, Cowboys & Aliens brought in $3.15 million. Starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, the Jon Favreau-directed mix of Western, sci-fi, and adventure genres is down 26 percent since Monday. Co-produced/executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, among others, Cowboys & Aliens also features Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, and Sam Rockwell. Its box office cume currently stands at $51.62 million vs. The Smurfs' $55.62 million.

The Smurfs' dominance of the North American box office will come to an end this weekend, with the opening of Rupert Wyatt's sci-fier Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, and King Kong himself, Andy Serkis. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is expected to easily top the U.S. and Canada box office chart in the next three days.

At no. 3, Chris Evans-Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger collected $2.71 million. Captain America also features Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Dominic Cooper, and Toby Jones.

Close behind Captain America, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 took in $2.61 million. Although it remained slight behind the Marvel actioner during the week, don't be too surprised if Deathly Hallows 2 surpasses Captain America over the weekend. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 features Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alan Rickman.

The no. 5 movie was Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling, which drew $2.41 million, down only 12 percent since Monday. The romantic comedy was followed by Friends with Benefits, toplining Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, with $1.18 million at no. 6.

Next in line was Horrible Bosses, starring Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, and Kevin Spacey, with $942,000 at no. 7 – thus falling below the $1m-per-day mark for the first time on Day 28 while at the same time passing the $100 million milestone. To date, Horrible Bosses has grossed $100.54 million. (Currently at $97.17 million, Cameron Diaz-Justin Timberlake-Jason Segel's Bad Teacher will have some trouble reaching the $100 million mark. On Thursday, Day 42, the R-rated comedy brought in only $102k.)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon drew $722,000 at no. 8. Directed by Michael Bay, Transformers 3 stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (replacing Megan Fox), and Josh Duhamel.

Rounding out the top twelve were Kevin James' Zookeeper with $622,000, John Lasseter's Cars 2 with $348,000, Disney's Winnie the Pooh with $281,000, Woody Allen-Owen Wilson's Midnight in Paris with $160,000.

Among the top twelve movies, The Smurfs posted the highest per-theater average, $1,205. Winnie the Pooh posted the lowest, $172.

Also among the top twelve, Friends with Benefits had the steepest Wednesday-to-Thursday drop-off rate, down 16 percent. Transformers: Dark of the Moon had the lowest, down 3 percent. (Note: Thursday is generally an “up” day.)

Photo: Horrible Bosses (John P. Johnson / New Line / Warner Bros.)

Aug. 2

Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, The Smurfs
Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, The Smurfs

The Smurfs may have lagged behind Cowboys & Aliens this past weekend, but the little blue toys kicked cowboy ass on Monday, leaving Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig biting the dust at the North American box office according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Not only did the little blue toys kick macho cowboy ass, they kicked hard. The Smurfs earned $5 million vs. Cowboys & Aliens' $4.27 million.

Directed by Jon Favreau, and co-produced/executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, among others, Cowboys & Aliens also features Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, and Sam Rockwell. Directed by Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Scooby-Doo's Raja Gosnell, The Smurfs features Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, and Sofia Vergara, in addition to the voices of Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, and others.

At no. 3, Chris Evans-Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger collected $3.43 million. Captain America also features Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Dominic Cooper, and Toby Jones.

Right on Captain America's red-white-and-blue heels was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, with $3.32 million. Don't be too surprised if Deathly Hallows 2 and Captain America switch places in the next few days.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 features Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Kelly Macdonald, Ciaran Hinds, David Thewlis, Timothy Spall, Miranda Richardson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Warwick Davis, and Miriam Margolyes.

The no. 5 movie was Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling, which drew $2.72 million. The romantic comedy was followed by Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, with $1.44 million at no. 6.

Next in line were Horrible Bosses, starring Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, and Kevin Spacey, with $1.06 million at no. 7, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon with $831,000 at no. 8 – thus falling below the $1m-per-day mark for the first time on Day 34. For comparison's sake: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen fell below the $1m-per-day mark on Day 41. Directed by Michael Bay, Transformers 3 stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (who replaced Megan Fox), and Josh Duhamel.

Rounding out the top twelve were Kevin James' Zookeeper with $588,000, John Lasseter's Cars 2 with $361,000, Disney's Winnie the Pooh with $282,000, Woody Allen-Owen Wilson's Midnight in Paris with $150,000.

Among the top twelve movies, The Smurfs posted the highest per-theater average, a 3D-assisted $1,474. Winnie the Pooh posted the lowest, $173.

Also among the top twelve, somewhat surprisingly Cowboys & Aliens had the steepest Sunday-to-Monday drop-off rate, down 58 percent. Friends with Benefits had the lowest, down 46 percent.

Photo: The Smurfs (K. C. Bailey / Sony Pictures).

Aug. 1

Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Cowboys & Aliens
Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Cowboys & Aliens

Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig's Cowboys & Aliens fared slightly better than estimated; The Smurfs fared more than a bit worse than estimated. The result is that Cowboys & Aliens turned out to be the top movie in North America this past weekend (July 29-31) according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo.

Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens grossed $36.43 million, or about $200,000 more than estimated; The Smurfs earned $35.61 million, or about $600,000 less than estimated. Even so, Cowboys & Aliens did underperform – studio expectations hovered around $40 million – whereas The Smurfs overperformed, as box office clairvoyants predicted an opening within the $25-30 million range. Cowboys & Aliens officially cost $163 million (apparently after rebates), while The Smurfs officially cost $110 million. Neither movie will get even close to recovering their budget at the domestic box office, though The Smurfs may have better luck overseas – not to mention the fact that every brat will be asking their parents to get them a dozen of those ugly blue toys.

Co-produced/executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, among others, Cowboys & Aliens also features Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, and Sam Rockwell. Directed by Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Scooby-Doo's Raja Gosnell, The Smurfs features Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, and Sofia Vergara, in addition to the voices of Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, and others.

At no. 3, Chris Evans-Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger collected $25.55 million, or about $500,000 more than estimated. Still, with $117.42 million after ten days, Captain America is now behind Thor, which had scored $119.5 million by the end of its second weekend. Captain America: The First Avenger also features Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Dominic Cooper, and Toby Jones.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 passed the $300 million milestone on Friday; after adding $21.97 million over the weekend it became the most successful Harry Potter movie ever in North America. That is, if you recklessly choose to ignore inflation/3D surcharges. Deathly Hallows 2's cume currently stands at $318.51 million.

Also in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Kelly Macdonald, Ciaran Hinds, David Thewlis, Timothy Spall, Miranda Richardson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Warwick Davis, and Miriam Margolyes.

With $19.1 million, the no. 5 movie was Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling. The romantic comedy was followed by Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, with $9.27 million at no. 6.

Next in line were Horrible Bosses, starring Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, and Kevin Spacey, with $7.18 million at no. 7, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon with $6.08 million at no. 8. Directed by Michael Bay, Transformers 3 stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (who replaced Megan Fox), and Josh Duhamel.

Rounding out the top twelve were Kevin James' Zookeeper with $4.3 million, John Lasseter's Cars 2 with $2.34 million, Disney's Winnie the Pooh with $1.77 million, Woody Allen-Owen Wilson's Midnight in Paris with $1.15 million.

Gone from the top twelve were Kristen Wiig's Bridesmaids and Cameron Diaz-Justin Timberlake-Jason Segel's Bad Teacher.

In limited release, the Sarah Palin movie The Undefeated plummeted once again. After losing 10 of its 14 theaters, The Undefeated collected a paltry $5,080 – down 79 percent – and a dismal $1,270 per venue. Last weekend, The Undefeated was down 62 percent despite a 40 percent rise in the number of theaters showing the film. To date, the much-talked about and much-panned Palin documentary has earned $112,078.

Final figures for select films in limited release: Gilles Paquet-Brenner-Kristin Scott Thomas' Sarah's Key with $366,690 at 33 locations; Joe Cornish's Attack the Block with $137,580 at eight venues; Lee Tamahori-Dominic Cooper's The Devil's Double with $96,414 at five locations; Miranda July's The Future with $27,137 at one theater.

Among the top twelve movies, The Smurfs posted the highest per-theater average, a 3D-assisted $10,489; it was followed by Cowboys & Aliens' $9,715. Winnie the Pooh posted the lowest, $1,089.

Also among the top twelve (excepting newcomers The Smurfs, Cowboys & Aliens, and Crazy, Stupid, Love), Winnie the Pooh had the steepest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate after losing 773 venues, down 66 percent. Despite the loss of 150 theaters – or 25 percent of all its venues – Midnight in Paris had the lowest, down 36 percent.

Photo: Cowboys & Aliens (DreamWorks / Universal).

July 31

Neil Patrick Harris, The Smurfs
Neil Patrick Harris, The Smurfs

Once upon a time, just about anything starring Harrison Ford – the Hans Solo of the Star Wars movies, the Indiana Jones of the Indiana Jones movies – meant big box office receipts. But apart from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the 21st century hasn't been very kind to Ford. Following the flops Crossing Over, Extraordinary Measures, and Morning Glory comes Cowboys & Aliens, which, despite the presence of Mr. James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, tied with several little, ugly blue toys at the top of the North American box office this weekend (July 29-31) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Whereas Cowboys & Aliens underperformed – Universal had been predicting $40+ million – The Smurfs overperformed. The end result was a draw, with Universal (Cowboys & Aliens) and Sony Pictures (The Smurfs) claiming their movies grossed $36.2 million each. (Cowboys & Aliens figures includes approximately $700,000 from Thursday midnight screenings.) Box-office actuals will come out on Monday, but even if Cowboys & Aliens turns out to have been the weekend's de facto box office king, it'll be a hollow victory for a movie whose reported budget ranges from $163-200 million vs. The Smurfs' $110 million.

Directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau, and co-produced/executive produced by the likes of Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, Cowboys & Aliens also features Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, and Sam Rockwell. Directed by Raja Gosnell, The Smurfs features Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, and Sofia Vergara, in addition to the voices of Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, and others.

Aided by 3D surcharges, The Smurfs easily beat Cowboys & Aliens in the per-theater average department: $10,663 at 3,395 locations vs. $9,653 at 3,750 sites. However, Cowboys & Aliens attracted more patrons. Remember, 3D surcharges can add up to 40 percent to the cost of a movie ticket. Approximately 45 percent of The Smurfs' business came from 3D venues.

Photo: The Smurfs (Sony Pictures Animation)

Captain America Chris Evans The First Avenger Joe Johnston
Chris Evans, Captain America: The First Avenger

At no. 3 in North America this weekend (July 29-31), Chris Evans-Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger collected $24.9 million according to studio estimates. For comparison's sake: Captain America's domestic total currently stands at $116.77 million after ten days, placing it behind Thor's $119.5 million at the same point. Throughout the week Captain America had been ahead of Thor, but whereas Captain America was down a hefty 62 percent compared to opening weekend, Thor was down only 47 percent on its second weekend out.

Overseas, Captain America added $48.5 million in 30 territories, for a worldwide total of $170.27 million. For comparison's sake: In 56 markets, Thor opened with $89.2 million internationally in early May, though figures are somewhat skewed because of the Labor Day holiday. X-Men: First Class collected $61 million (without the assistance of 3D surcharges) in 74 territories in early June. Remember that exchange-rate fluctuations affect international figures once those are converted to US dollars. Captain America: The First Avenger also features Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Dominic Cooper, and Toby Jones.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 passed the $300 million milestone on Friday and after adding $21.92 million this weekend has become the most successful Harry Potter movie ever in North America – if you choose to ignore inflation/3D surcharges. Total: $318.46 million, placing the final Harry Potter slightly ahead of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's cume of $317.57 million.

In terms of attendance, however, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is still trailing every other Harry Potter movie, though that will certainly change before Deathly Hallows 2 ends its domestic run. Also worth noting, the final Harry Potter has passed the $1 billion milestone worldwide; its current cume is $1.008 billion.

Officially, that $1+ billion cume makes Deathly Hallows 2 the most successful Harry Potter movie ever; but if one chooses to take inflation/3D surcharges into account, Deathly Hallows 2 is still trailing nearly all of its predecessors, having possibly – depending on US dollar fluctuations, 3D business per country – surpassed only Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Directed by David Yates, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Ralph Fiennes.

Also in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Kelly Macdonald, Ciaran Hinds, David Thewlis, Timothy Spall, Miranda Richardson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Warwick Davis, and Miriam Margolyes.

Photo: Captain America: The First Avenger (Jay Maidment / Marvel / Paramount)

Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love

The no. 5 movie at the North American box office this weekend (July 29-31) was Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling. The romantic comedy brought in $19.3 million according to studio estimates.

For comparison's sake: Ryan Murphy-Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem's Eat Pray Love opened with $23.1 million last August, though this particular title had the advantage of being an adaptation of a bestseller. Starring Roberts and Tom Hanks, the Hanks-directed (and widely panned) Larry Crowne opened with a weak $13.09 million earlier this month. The Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher R-rated vehicle No Strings Attached took in $19.65 million when it debuted in January, while another R-rated romantic comedy, Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis' Friends with Benefits, collected $18.62 million when it opened last weekend.

On its second weekend out, Friends with Benefits pulled in $9.3 million (down 50 percent) at no. 6. It was followed by another R-rated comedy (of the non-romantic kind), Horrible Bosses, which drew $7.1 million (down 40 percent). Horrible Bosses stars Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, and Kevin Spacey.

At no. 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon earned $5.97 million (down 50 percent), for a cume of $337.89 after 33 days. For comparison's sake: by its 33rd day out, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had collected $379.21 million in summer 2009. Internationally, Dark of the Moon has fared much better, having grossed an estimated $645 million, pushing its worldwide total to $982 million. By next weekend, Transformers 3 will surely have crossed the $1 billion worldwide milestone. Directed by Michael Bay, Transformers 3 stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Josh Duhamel.

Rounding out the top twelve were Kevin James' Zookeeper with $4.2 million (down 52 percent), John Lasseter's Cars 2 with $2.3 million (down 59 percent), Disney's Winnie the Pooh with $1.75 million (down 66 percent), Woody Allen-Owen Wilson's Midnight in Paris with $1.22 million (down 32 percent).

Gone from the top twelve were Kristen Wiig's Bridesmaids and Cameron Diaz-Justin Timberlake-Jason Segel's Bad Teacher.

Among the top twelve movies, The Smurfs posted the highest per-theater average, a 3D-assisted $10,663. Winnie the Pooh posted the lowest, $1,073.

Also among the top twelve (excepting newcomers The Smurfs, Cowboys & Aliens, and Crazy, Stupid, Love), Winnie the Pooh had the steepest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate after losing 773 venues, down 66 percent. Despite the loss of 150 theaters – or 25 percent of all its venues – Midnight in Paris had the lowest, down 32 percent.

Photo: Crazy, Stupid, Love (Ben Glass / Warner Bros.)

July 30 afternoon

Neil Patrick Harris, The Smurfs
Neil Patrick Harris, Gutsy (voiced by Alan Cumming), Brainy (voiced by Fred Armisen) and Grouchy (voiced by George Lopez), The Smurfs

Little, ugly blue toys kicked macho cowboy ass on Friday, July 29, according to studio estimates. Directed by Raja Gosnell, and featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, and Sofia Vergara, in addition to the voices of Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, and others, The Smurfs grossed an estimated $13.3 million at 3,395 locations in North America. Cowboys & Aliens, directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau, co-produced/executive produced by the likes of Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde, earned $12.99 million – including $700,000 at Thursday midnight screenings – at 3,750 sites.

Admittedly, The Smurfs was assisted by 3D surcharges. According to Box Office Mojo's Brandon Gray, The Smurfs are screening at 2,042 3D theaters; that represents 60 percent of its total number of locations. Approximately 48 percent of its revenues came from 3D sites.

Although many more The Smurfs moviegoers opted for good old 2D, the fact that 48 percent of the film's revenues came form costlier 3D houses indicates that Cowboys & Aliens, though a major disappointment in relation to both its cost (estimated to be as high as $200 million) and its star wattage, actually sold more tickets. And considering how close their figures were on Friday, it's possible that Cowboys & Aliens may end up on top by Sunday evening. A hollow victory if ever there was one.

At no. 3, Chris Evans-Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger collected $7.86 million. Its current cume is $99.72 million, which means Captain America will be passing the $100 million milestone at the domestic box office some time today.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 passed the $300 million milestone on Friday, after pulling in $6.62 million at no. 4. It'll likely become the most successful Harry Potter movie ever in North America – if you choose to ignore inflation/3D surcharges – before the weekend is over. Directed by David Yates, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Ralph Fiennes.

The no. 5 movie on Friday was Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling. The romantic comedy brought in $6.6 million.

Photo: The Smurfs (Sony Pictures Animation)

July 30 early morning

Daniel Craig, Cowboys & Aliens
Daniel Craig, Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens should collect between $15-17 million on Friday for a $40-45 million weekend, according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com. The Hollywood Reporter, however, says that Friday figures should be close to only $13-13.5 million, which would mean about $38 million for the weekend.

Either way, if budget estimates found at Deadline are correct – we're talking $160-200 million – then DreamWorks (50 percent of the budget), Universal (25 percent) and Relativity (25 percent) have a major box office disappointment in their hands. For comparison's sake, Martin Campbell-Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern, an “underperformer” that cost $200 million, opened with $53.17 million.

The Western-sci-fi mix stars Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, and Harrison Ford, who has seen better days at the box office. Iron Man's Jon Favreau directed it, while the long list of producers and executive producers includes Favreau, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, and Brian Grazer.

According to Deadline, more than a dozen writers messed around with the screenplay. Following arbitration by the Writers Guild, five were credited for the screenplay, two for both the screenplay and the “screen story,” and one solely for the screen story, itself an adaptation of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's Platinum Studios comic book.

Some may say that the presence of Ford, Craig, Favreau, and Spielberg at San Diego's Comic-Con last weekend was a waste of time and gas, but who knows? Perhaps without that trip to the Mexican border Cowboys & Aliens would have opened to the tune of $30 million…

Not helping matters is that Westerns aren't exactly a popular movie genre abroad. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's True Grit, for instance, earned only 31 percent of its worldwide take overseas despite ten Oscar nominations, and the presence of Matt Damon and Best Actor nominee Jeff Bridges. Starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, 3:10 to Yuma's international box office percentage was even lower, 23 percent. Paramount is distributing Cowboys & Aliens overseas.

The other two wide releases in North America this weekend are performing well. Sony Pictures' much-panned The Smurfs 3D should collect a surprising $13-13.5 million on Friday and, if it continues to overperform, about $38 million over the weekend. In other words, Hans Solo/Indiana Jones and James Bond may have their asses kicked by a bunch of ugly blue toys. Directed by Raja Gosnell, The Smurfs features Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, and the voices of Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, and others.

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, Warner Bros' Crazy, Stupid, Love should bring in $6 million on Friday and about $19 million for the weekend. If estimates are correct, on one weekend Crazy, Stupid, Love will earn about nearly as much as Ficarra and Requa's troubled I Love You Phillip Morris earned during its entire worldwide run.

Last weekend's champ, Joe Johnston-Chris Evans' Captain America: The First Avenger should earn a relatively modest $25 million over the weekend in case early estimates of $7.5 million for Friday are correct.

Photo: Cowboys & Aliens (DreamWorks / Universal).

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5 Comments to 'Apes' Stronger Than Humans: Conan, Harrison Ford & Daniel Craig Take a Beating

  1. MCPants

    Piece of trash? Are on frickin crack?

  2. Christine Cotton

    When I purchased my ticket, the cashier told me what I wanted to see (impressed), but she gave me a ticket to Planet of the Apes. I questioned how many others paid for “Planet” but requested “Help”. In fact the ticket taker told us there was a mistake.

  3. john

    as for final destination 5's weak box office. it is called karma. the last one changed it's opening weekend to face off against rob zombie's halloween 2 because the studio knew the weinsteins and dimension were having $ troubles and were having difficulty even releasing a film.

  4. Cinema Nostalgia

    The reviews have been excellent. I'm probably going to see it this weekend.

  5. Harry

    I don't think Cowboys and Aliens is a flop-in-the-making, it was one to begin with when it opened with a puny $36 million. I will say it again, bad marketing all around from such powerhouse as Dreamworks. Jon Favreau relied heavily on comic-con and unfortunately nobody under the age of 40 decided to spend any money to see an aging old star and someone who's only box office success came courtesy of Bond.

    On the other hand, Planet of the Apes seems to be doing much better than originally anticipated, but again, 60% drops should be expected in the coming weeks.