It wasn't the most stellar weekend for director Jon Favreau.
The much-hyped "Cowboys & Aliens" managed just $36.2 million at the box office, tying it with ... yes, "The Smurfs."
The $163 million film didn't attract young audiences like producers Steven Spielberg and Brian Grazer had hoped, most likely because of the heavy western elements that's attractive to older moviegoers who are at least 30, according to CNN.
"Cowboys & Aliens," based on a popular comic book, stars Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde -- all massive star power at the box office, from both older and younger moviegoers alike. Yet, "Cowboys & Aliens" has a very long way to go to meet its massive budget, and could very well end up a flop.
"The Smurfs," however, survived some negative reviews to attract both young and old viewers -- especially those nostalgic about the cartoon from the 1970s and 1980s. It starred Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria. It also was made on a much smaller budget -- $110 million -- and could still make back its budget at the box office if it doesn't slip too much.
Bad news for "Captain America," however. That film fell to $24.9 million in its second week, but that brings its total to $116.8 million -- finishing just behind what "Thor" did in its second week.
Right behind it was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," which in its third week grossed just under $22 million. Its total domestic take is now $318.5 million, surpassing "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" as the highest-grossing Harry Potter film of all time (without adjusting for inflation).
It also has the chance to become the highest-grossing film of 2011 so far, as it's poised to pass "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon," which has $338 million, and is not expected to grow much more before moving on to home video.
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