cow8 Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and producer Steven Spielberg couldn’t save a lackluster opening performance from Cowboys & Aliens, which tied The Smurfs for the top spot, taking in $36.2 million (final figures will be released Monday).  It’s a huge disappointment for the $163 million budgeted Sci-Fi/Western, especially since director Jon Favreau’s last two efforts (the Iron Man films) were blockbuster hits.

For Cowboys & Aliens to turn a decent profit, the picture must perform well overseas.  Here’s the top 10:

1.  Cowboys & Aliens – $36.2 million

1. (tie)  The Smurfs – $36.2 million

3.   Captain America: The First Avenger – Since its release over two weeks ago, the picture has collected $116.8 million domestically.  This weekend, it took in $24.9 million

4.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – With its $21.9 million haul, the film has made over $$318.5 million domestically, making it the strongest box-office outing of the franchise.

5.  Crazy, Stupid, Love – A fifth place debut for this Steve Carell comedy is a tad disappointing, but great critical reception may draw a stable rate of viewers in the coming weeks. Plus the movie only cost an estimated $45 million.  This weekend, it made $19.3 million.

6.  Friends With Benefits $9.3 million

7. Horrible Bosses – $7.1 million

8.  Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $6 million

9.  Zookeeper – $4.2 million

10.  Cars 2 – $2.3 million

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