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Cowboys and Aliens gets Smurfed in a box office tie

Most didn’t consider The Smurfs reboot a contender for the top spot this weekend, but the little blue men and Neil Patrick Harris tied with anticipated winner, Cowboy’s and Aliens. Listen to rumblings about the official numbers or tack on international numbers and The Smurfs takes the weekend.

We don’t often see ties at the box office, but both The Smurfs and Cowboys & Aliens are projecting $36.2 million for the last weekend of July 2011. When the official numbers come in, some are projecting The Smurfs could actually end up topping Cowboys and Aliens, which stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, and Sam Rockwell.

The Smurfs and Cowboys and Aliens tie

While we await the final numbers, SheKnows is handing the crown to The Smurfs, based on the additional $4.4 million bump from overseas sales. Cowboys & Aliens hasn’t landed overseas yet.

With these new contenders duking it out, Captain America: The First Avenger took a big hit. The action adventure dropped to third place, banking just under $25 million for a new total of $116.8.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 nabbed fourth, while breaking yet more records. With a total of $318.5 million in 17 days, the final Potter installment is the highest performer of the franchise — in spite of having the lowest turnout. It’s crossed the $300 million mark domestically Friday, as well as the $1 billion mark worldwide.

Crazy, Stupid, Love premiered to fifth place, with a $19.3 million opening weekend.

Friends with Benefits dropped out of the top five, coming in sixth with $9.3 million, followed by Horrible Bosses with $7.1 million. Transformers: Dark of the Moon pulled in another $6 million, bringing its total take to $338 million. Zookeeper followed with $4.2 million and Cars 2 closed out the top 10 with $2.3 million.

Box Office Weekend: July 2, 2011

1   The Smurfs: $36.2 million
2   Cowboys & Aliens: $36.2 million
3   Captain America: The First Avenger: $24.9 million
4   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: $22 million
5   Crazy, Stupid, Love: $19.3 million
6   Friends with Benefits: $9.3 million
7   Horrible Bosses: $7.1 million
8   Transformers: Dark of the Moon: $6 million
9   Zookeeper: $4.2 million
10  Cars 2:  $2.3 million

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