Around-the-World Roundup: Foreign Box Office Gets 'Smurfed'
Further solidifying its foreign drawing power, The Smurfs unseated four-time champ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to take the top spot this weekend. Rise of the Planet of the Apes also put up mighty numbers, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon made another major move on the all-time worldwide chart.

The Smurfs earned an estimated $60 million from 44 territories. That included a potent $12.5 million in China, which ranked in the all-time Top Ten for non-Chinese movies, according to distributor Sony Pictures International. It also opened well in the United Kingdom ($6.6 million), Russia ($4.5 million) and South Korea ($2.5 million). It also had strong holds in Brazil ($5.3 million) and Germany ($4.6 million), dropping 25 and 28 percent, respectively. The Smurfs has already made $141.1 million overseas for a worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total of $242.6 million and should continue to play well throughout the rest of the Summer. 

Rise of the Planet of the Apes expanded in to 39 markets and grossed $39.8 million. The Apes had impressive first place starts in the U.K. ($9.65 million), France ($8.7 million) and Germany ($4.6 million). With a $74.4 million foreign total, Apes is set to expand to South Korea next weekend with Brazil and Mexico opening in the following weeks. 

Settling for third, Harry Potter still tacked on an estimated $30 million from 61 territories to bring its foreign total to a phenomenal $857.8 million. While its second weekend figures from China aren't currently available, it did jump nine percent to $5.2 million in Japan thanks to the Obon holidays. On Sunday, Potter's worldwide total passed $1.2 billion. 

After languishing at the bottom of the charts for a while, Green Lantern rocketed back on to the scene with $14.2 million in 28 markets. It debuted in first place in Mexico with $4.3 million and also had a $3.1 million debut in Australia. It was scheduled to open in France this weekend, though Warner Bros. did not include those figures in their report. The movie has now made a paltry $61.6 million overseas, but at least it still has openings in Brazil and Japan to look forward to. 

Cars 2 slowed 44 percent to $13.1 million for a $290 million total. On a worldwide basis, it passed the first Cars late last week and has now made $476 million. 

Transformers: Dark of the Moon eased 41 percent to $12.5 million from 62 territories. It added $4.7 million in China to bring its total to a whopping $151.1 million. It also slid just 5 percent to $4.6 million in Japan due to the holidays there. Over the weekend, Transformers passed Toy Story 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to take fifth place on the all-time worldwide chart with $1.071 billion. 

Without any major openings, Captain America: The First Avenger fell 53 percent to $12.2 million for an overseas total of $128.3 million. It expands to France, Germany and a handful of other European countries next weekend. Super 8, another Paramount Pictures International release, added $9.5 million for a total of $94.5 million. It had a weak $1.2 million opening in Brazil and is set to launch in Spain next weekend.

Cowboys & Aliens had its first foreign openings this weekend, grossing an estimated $7 million from 14 locations. That included a decent $2.8 million in Russia and an unimpressive $1.1 million in South Korea. Next weekend, the movie expands to eight more markets, including the U.K. and Australia.

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Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
Bridesmaids - $5.4 - $98.1
Horrible Bosses - $5.4 - $35
Mr. Popper's Penguins - $4.7 - $89.3
Zookeeper - $3.8 - $56.2
Bad Teacher - $3 - $94
Residual Leave (Resturlaub) - $2.7 - $2.7
Glee - $1.2 - $1.2
Kung Fu Panda 2 - $1 - $453

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