and use my imagination more than does the current installment.
* I am also one of those who doesn't need a huge mega star taking away a voice part for an animated actor. Just because so and so is doing the voice of a car doesn't mean a thing to me. While we are at it, let's tone down the use of 3D. Do we need to see "Winnie the Pooh" in 3D?
1. "Rise of the Planet of the
Apes" - $54 million
2. "Smurfs" - $21 million
3. "Cowboys and Aliens" -
Source for numbers: Box Office Mojo
Notes: As I noted in last week's column, it was a battle between "Smurfs" and "Cowboys" for the top spot and this week it was more of the same for No. 2. That was far more interesting to track than No. 1. I love the second week results much more at times because it indicates legs for a movie. Let's be honest, it was a surprise that "Smurfs" was in a dead heat until "Cowboys" shot them down last weekend for the top spot.
Sure, most headlines didn't bother to follow that one up,
but we do and always will right here. This time, "Smurfs" beats down those "Cowboys and Aliens." Let the others focus on "Apes."
Well, we did, above. The other new wide release was "The Change-Up" and it finished a dismal fourth with $13.5 million.
Meanwhile, another second week look always takes us to the percentage drop as "Smurfs" fell 41 percent and "Cowboys" almost 57 percent, as I expected. As we enter August, I try to look at what are the expected Oscar nominees so far and I still like "Midnight in Paris" and "Tree of Life" as they are getting the slow release schedule. Plus, here's hoping "Harry" and "Super 8" get a consideration.