July 31, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>Three films are now in or projected to be in the $1 billion worldwide box office club: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  Clearly, movies with long titles (not surprisngly blockbuster sequels) are being rewarded and embraced around the world. 

The three films opening in North America this weekend are debuting on the worldwide gross list outside the Top 20: The Smurfs at #27 ($122 million projected total domestic and $4 million overseas to date), Cowboys & Aliens at #34 ($98 million projected domestic total and no overseas gross to date) and Crazy, Stupid, Love at #48 ($72 million projected domestic and no overseas to date). 

Captain America is just getting going overseas and will probably end up at #9, just behind Thor.

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Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.