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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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GERMANY: 'Smurfs' Sequel Wins Top Spot Despite Soft Numbers on August 07, 2013

s2.pngThe Smurfs opened in 575 locations across Germany in 2011, posting a fantastic $6.3 million debut that paved the way to a $29.3 million cume. The sequel opened in Germany on the same weekend two years later, gearing up for a big weekend at over 1,000 locations -nearly twice the ammount of screens dedicated to its predecessor. The sequel's $3.6 million opening result was good enough to lead the weekend but is nevertheless a disappointing return for considering the franchise's potential. 

The Wolverine took a backseat to the Smurfs in its second frame, earning $2.1 million across 604 screens to take its total to $7.2 million. Despicable Me 2 came in third place, continuing a strong run at the box office with a $1.8 million weekend that raises its 5-week total to $27.3 million. The Conjuring scored weekend's highest per-screen average with $4,044 across 228 locations. The limited release for the horror film saw it land on fifth place with a $935k debut. 

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

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FRANCE: 'Now You See Me' Makes 'The Smurfs 2' Disappear on August 07, 2013

NowYouSeeMeStill.jpgA $6.4 million opening weekend for Now You See Me eclipsed the debut of The Smurfs 2 in France. Now You See Me played in 503 screens against The Smurfs' 700, outgrossing the children's film in a reduced screen count by $2.5 million. The combined business of the new releases bumped down The Wolverine to third place in its second weekend, where the superhero film managed a $2.9 million take from 689 locations. The Wolverine has grossed $12.4 million in France.

Despicable Me 2 has had a spectacular run in France. It took in $1.2 million in its sixth weekend, bringing its total to an impressive $34.1 million, well beyond the $25.3 million total of its predecessor. Monsters University pales in comparison to the success of the Minions sequel; the Pixar prequel hit the $13 million mark after a $1.1 million tally in its fourth weekend. R.I.P.D. officially bombed in France. A lackluster $907k opening weekend landed the film in sixth place, a poor result that will likely see the film slide out of the top ten chart in the coming weeks.  

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

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AUSTRALIA: 'Wolverine' Hits $10M; 'Conjuring' Continues Packing Theaters on August 07, 2013

Wolverinestill.jpgThe Wolverine led a second consecutive weekend in Australia, reaching a $10 million cume after collecting $2.9 million from 581 screens. Hugh Jackman's superhero has found a receptive audience in the star's home country but is unlikely to match the $21.9 million currently reported by Man of Steel's theatrical run. 

The Conjuring posted the weekend's best per-screen average, grossing $7,148 from 170 locations. The $1.2 million weekend take represented a 19% drop in the film's third weekend, taking the total gross to $5.4 million. Third place went to The Heat, another hold over, which grossed $1.1 million over the weekend and reached an $11.7 million total.  The World's End was the best performing new release of the weekend despite coming up with an underwhelming $959k debut from 224 locations. The Way, Way Back opened to a $3,173 average from 124 screens.  

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

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