Cowboys beat Smurfs at box office
Cowboys And Aliens has triumphed over The Smurfs at the US box office.
According to final studio counts from the weekend, the sci-fi Western took the number one spot on the domestic charts with a 36.4 million dollar debut.
That puts the Universal Pictures' film 800,000 dollars ahead of Sony's family adventure The Smurfs, which finished at number two with $35.6 million over its opening weekend.
Early estimates had the two movies in a tie for the number one spot at 36.2 million dollars each.
Last week, box-office analysts had expected Cowboys And Aliens would be the clear winner over the weekend. But the Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford action tale opened weaker than anticipated, while The Smurfs had a stronger debut than forecast.
According to Hollywood.com the third-place movie in cinemas across the US and Canada was Captain America: The First Avenger, taking 25.5 million dollars.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 came in at number four with 21.9 million dollars, while Steve Carell's Crazy, Stupid, Love was in fifth spot with 19.1 million.