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UK: 'The Smurfs 2' Shares the Spotlight with 'The Heat' and 'The Conjuring' on August 07, 2013

s2.pngThe Smurfs 2 finished the weekend atop the U.K. box office, reporting a $4.9 million tally at the end of its first week in release. The performance won't be reflected on the chart below, considering the film's mid-week release being responsible for the lion's share of the opening tally.

The Heat is a hit in the U.K. The comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock opened to $3.8 million. Director Paul Feig's previous collaboration with McCarthy, Bridesmaids, netted its biggest overseas performance from the United Kingdom with $37.3 million. McCarthy's Identity Thief posted a more modest $7.2 million from the U.K earlier this year. The Heat should finish its run somewhere around the $20 million mark, considering its opening weekend falls behind the $5.8 million Bridesmaids debut and ahead of the $2 million Identity Thief premiere.   

The Conjuring scored the weekend's highest per-screen average, with an $8,888 average across its 377 locations. The thriller finished the weekend in second place with a $3.2 million debut. The Wolverine came in third after a 62% slide with a $2.7 million weekend that sees its cume raise to $14.6 million.    Animated hold-over are still reporting gains in the U.K. Monsters University closed out its fourth weekend with a $31.8 million total and Despicable Me 2 finished its sixth frame with a $58.3 million cume.  

Top Ten Films in the United Kingdom. August 2-4, 2013

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MEXICO: 'The Smurfs 2' Posts Another #1 Debut for Animated Films on August 07, 2013

smurfs2still.jpgA $4 million debut from The Smurfs 2 helped the animated film join a growing list of 2013 animated releases that have premiered atop the Mexican box office. The result is below the original's $5.7 million opening weekend in 2011. The Smurfs went on to gross $20.6 million in Mexico, forcing the sequel to present a consistent hold-over appeal to reach the same milestone. Now You See Me premiered in nearly half the screen count of Smurfs 2 over the weekend, bringing in $3 million from its debut. The film's $2,589 per-screen average makes the magic caper movie the biggest earner among individual theaters. 

The new releases relegated The Wolverine to third place during its second weekend. The superhero film experienced a 52% drop, finishing the weekend with a $2.8 million tally and $12.5 million cume. Despicable Me 2 grossed over $1 million for the fifth consecutive week, a big feat that has contributed to an even bigger celebration at the box office for the Minions. Despicable Me 2 is currently posting a massive $45.4 million take from Mexico. 

Top Ten Films in Mexico. August 2-4, 2013

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