Those little blue critters are making things interesting at the box office this weekend.
Jon Favreau's "Cowboys & Aliens" was expected to top the box office this weekend with somewhere between $40-45 million. Pre-release polling indicated that "Smurfs," a live-action CG animated hybrid, would gross around $22-23 million. Friday's box office figures have thrown those predictions out the window.
"Cowboys & Aliens" found only $12.9 million on Friday for what could be a $36-38 million weekend. "Smurfs" grossed a surprising $13.3 million. Thanks to Saturday kid's matinees, "Smurfs" should now top this weekend's theatrical ticket sales, something completely unthinkable only 24 hours ago.
Dropping to third was "Captain America: The First Avenger." The Marvel Studios production grossed another $7.8 million for a stellar $99.7 million in just eight days. The Joe Johnston adventure is now tracking ahead of "Thor" which had only $93.8 million at this point in its domestic run. Star-spangled hero indeed.
Debuting in fourth was the critically acclaimed dramedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love." The Steve Carrell led ensemble piece found $6.6 million and should end up with $18-19 million. That's a solid start for a film that should have great word of mouth over the next few weeks.
Look for updated weekend estimates tomorrow on HitFix.