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Sony already developing script for Smurfs 3

The Smurfs 2 may not be scheduled to hit theaters until next July, but Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures have already begun development on the script for a third film in the franchise. Variety reports that writers Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche have been hired to develop a script. The Smurfs 2 returns most […]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Rise of the Apes’ stays 1st with $27.8M, The Help strong 2nd with $26.0M + Final Destination 5 3rd, 30 Minutes or Less 5th and Glee 3D huge disappointment in 11th

Update: Updated with final box office data.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes held off four new releases to stay atop the box office charts this weekend with a $27.832M 2nd weekend (-49% / $105.208M cume).

The Help was really the only strong new release this weekend, taking in $26.045M from 2,534 theaters and pushing its 5-day cume — it opened on Wednesday — to a better than expected $35.918M.

‘Rise of the Apes’ was first Friday-Sunday, with $8.108M on Friday (vs. $7.645M for The Help), +35% on Saturday to $10.928M (vs. +31% / $9.997M for “The Help”) and -20% on Sunday to $8.797M (vs. -16% / $8.403M for “The Help”).

Third place went to Final Destination 5 with $18.031M from 3,155 theaters. The 3D release debuted on the lower end of expectations and this actually marks the first time a film in the franchise hasn’t topped its predecessor’s opening weekend.

30 Minutes or Less debuted about where most expected it to with $13.330M from 2,888 theaters in fifth place. The news was much worse for Glee The 3D Movie Concert. After a disappointing sixth place Friday ($2.735M), ‘Glee 3D’ dropped a disastrous 37% on Saturday to $1.716M and another 12% on Sunday to $1.511M for a hugely disappointing 11th place finish of $5.961M.

The Smurfs, meanwhile, rounded out the top five in fourth place with $13.733M in its third weekend to push its domestic cume past $100M at $101.779M.

Other noteworthy weekend highlights — both domestic and foreign — including for Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon follow after the jump.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office: ‘Rise of the Apes’ stays 1st with $27.8M, The Help strong 2nd with $26.0M + Final Destination 5 3rd, 30 Minutes or Less 5th and Glee 3D huge disappointment in 11th

Friday Box Office: ‘Rise of the Apes’ 1st with $8.1M, The Help strong 2nd with $7.6M + Final Destination 5 3rd, ’30 Minutes’ 4th, ‘Glee’ disappointing 6th

It was a crowded Friday with four new releases competing against last weekend’s number one champ Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but the ‘Apes’ reigned atop the field again with an estimated $8.1M from 3,691 theaters.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is expected to gross between $24-27M for the weekend which would bring its 10-day cume to an estimated $101-104M by Sunday night. Finishing in second place on Friday was the comedy The Help. After opening midweek on Wednesday to a solid $5.540M, The Help added $4.334M on Thursday and grew 76% on Friday to an estimated $7.626M from 2,534 theaters. The Help has grossed an estimated $17.5M through three days of release and should gross somewhere around $22-24M for the 3-day weekend ($32-34M Wed-Sun).

The next best-performing new release this weekend was the horror thriller Final Destination 5. The 3D film grossed an estimated $7.34M on Friday and will finish its first weekend in the neighborhood of $18-21M.

Continue reading Friday Box Office: ‘Rise of the Apes’ 1st with $8.1M, The Help strong 2nd with $7.6M + Final Destination 5 3rd, ’30 Minutes’ 4th, ‘Glee’ disappointing 6th

Cowboys & Aliens wins weekend with $36.4M, The Smurfs strong 2nd with $35.6M and Crazy, Stupid, Love fifth with $19.1M

Update: Updated with final box office data.

It was a close race, but Universal’s Cowboys & Aliens came out on top as the weekend’s number one film with $36.431M from 3,750 theaters. Sony’s 3D The Smurfs was second with $35.612M from 3,395 theaters.

Despite not winning the weekend, The Smurfs over-performed (even though it had […]

Sony moves The Smurfs to July 29

Sony has moved up the release of the 3D live-action/animated The Smurfs from August 3, 2011 to July 29, 2011.

The film wiill now compete against “Cowboys & Aliens” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love”.

Source: Box Office Mojo

New trailer for The Smurfs

Sony has released a new trailer for the upcoming Raja Gosnell-directed live-action/animated The Smurfs. Click over the jump to watch the trailer.

The Smurfs stars Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Sofía Vergara and features the voices of Alan Cumming, George Lopez, Paul Reubens, Katy Perry and Anton Yelchin. The film is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on August 3, 2011.

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The Smurfs teaser trailer

Sony has released the teaser trailer for director Raja Gosnell’s currently in-production live-action / CG 3D adaptation The Smurfs. Check out the trailer after the jump.

The Smurfs is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on August 3, 2011.

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