Out of the blue, “The Smurfs” win overseas again

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The Smurfs

The Smurfs

The victory was narrow, but “The Smurfs” stayed on top of the foreign box office yet again this past weekend.

Combining 3D animation and live action, The Smurfs grossed $15.6 million at 6,660 venues in 81 overseas countries. It’s the fifth weekend in a row that Sony Animation’s family film has emerged at No. 1 overseas.

The Smurfs reached No. 1 spot in Greece, the only new country where the film was released over the weekend.

Since it first opened abroad July 27, the movie has made $322.2 million.

In a close second place was 20th Century Fox’s live-action series entry Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It collected $13 million from a 5,200 locations in 60 countries.

DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Kung Fu Panda 2 made $2.26 million this weekend from 6,433 screens in 20 countries. In all, it’s grossed $490.6 million since opening abroad May 26.

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