September 19, 2011


>The Worldwide Box Office revenue chart has been expanded to the Top 30 releases this week (currently the cut-off to make the list is about $150 million worldwide).  Through Sunday, The Smurfs have moved up to #8 and is closing in on $500 million worldwide ($144 million domestic and an incredible $345 million overseas).

Rise of the Planet of the Apes has crossed the $400 million mark but is stuck at #11.  Rise is going to need to find another $50 million overseas to displace Thor from #10, a tough task at this point in its release.

The Help now has $6 million overseas and finds itself at #26 worldwide.  With only $5 million more from overseas markets, it can move up to #24, but it is going to be hard to get much higher than that due to limited overseas potential overall.

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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.