There may not have been a Hurricane Irene to battle with overseas, but the box office still suffered from a degree of late summer malaise. While it was a close race for first based on Sunday estimates, The Smurfs easily topped Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Final Destination 5 once final numbers were tabulated on Monday.
Without adding any major new markets, The Smurfs dipped just 24 percent to $26.8 million. Its top territories were China ($3.7 million), France ($3 million), Brazil ($2.4 million) and the United Kingdom ($2.4 million), and its foreign total reached an impressive $258.3 million. That surpassed Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel's $223.5 million foreign total to become the top-grossing children's movie with a CGI Star ever.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes grossed $21.9 million in 49 markets, which brought its total to $157.4 million. It debuted in first place in Brazil with $3.9 million and held extremely well in South Korea (down 29 percent to $3.8 million), France (off 17 percent to $3.5 million), the U.K. (down 33 percent to $2.8 million) and Germany (off 32 percent to $1.2 million). On Sunday, the movie's worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total passed $300 million.
Final Destination 5 burst on to the charts this weekend with $21 million from 20 territories. It had a big $7.8 million opening in Russia, which marked an improvement over The Final Destination. However, FD5 was off from its predecessor in Germany ($2.4 million) and the U.K. ($2.4 million) and was about even in Spain ($1.8 million). FD4 wound up just shy of $120 million two years ago, and FD5 should also be in line for $100 million. With $28.5 million so far, the movie is set to expand to France and Australia next weekend.
Cowboys & Aliens doubled its territory count but still failed to gain any momentum, earning $14.1 million from 43 markets. It debuted to $3.2 million in France, $1.8 million in Mexico and $1.6 million in Germany, none of which were compelling figures. So far, the genre mashup has made just $35.5 million overseas, and, even with openings in Brazil, Italy, Japan and Spain to look forward to, it's still probably going to struggle to reach $100 million.
Cars 2 grossed an estimated $11.2 million, bringing its total to $334.6 million. Worldwide, it has made $522 million, which ranks just ahead of Pixar's WALL-E but a notch behind Monsters, Inc. ($525.4 million).
The summer's other major animated release, Kung Fu Panda 2, opened to a strong $6.6 million in Italy, its last major market, this weekend. Overall the movie made $9.7 million for an overseas total of $475.2 million (through Monday). On Friday, it passed the first Kung Fu Panda on a worldwide basis, and its total now sits at a solid $639.5 million.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 continued its remarkable run with $9.4 million for an overseas total of $924.6 million. It's worldwide figure reached $1.295 billion, and it should pass $1.3 billion by next weekend.
After its huge U.K. opening last weekend, The Inbetweeners Movie fell 57 percent to $9.3 million. Through less than two weeks, the British comedy has made over $42 million.