Smurfs vs Cowboys & Aliens in US box office battle
Little blue Smurfs and not-so-little green men from space are in a photo finish for the top spot at the weekend box office.
Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford’s sci-fi western, “Cowboys & Aliens’’ and the family adventure “The Smurfs’’ both opened with $36.2 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Deciding number one will have to wait until final numbers are counted today.
“In all my years, I’ve never really seen a race this close,’’ said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
“Generally, in the world of movie box office, $1 million is a close call, so to have two films in a dollar-to-dollar tie is somewhat unprecedented.’’