Smurfs, Cowboys & Aliens Tie for Box Office Lead

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It was a strong weekend for unusual creatures this weekend: The Smurfs tied with Cowboys & Aliens for first at the box office. Both films earned $36.2 million.

Despite the deadlock, Cowboys & Aliens comes out as a loser. Considering the star power involved and the budget ($163 million), expectations were high for the Jon Favreu-directed thriller. Instead, it barely made half of what the top superhero-based flicks of the summer took home in their first weekend.

A look at the top five:

  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: $21.9 million
  5. Crazy, Stupid Love: $19.3 million