4 August 2013 8:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While American audiences opted for more mature fare this weekend, international moviegoers fell head-over-heels for the little blue men of “The Smurfs 2,” pushing it to the top of the worldwide box office this frame.

Sony’s live action-toon hybrid earned $80.3 million in total, $27.8 million from Stateside auds and $52.5 million from 43 overseas markets.

Domestically, “Smurfs 2″ opened Wednesday to earn as much in five days in release as Universal’s “2 Guns” earned in three. The R-rated actioner bowed to $27.4 million, a nice start for a film budgeted close to $60 million.

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Fox’s “The Wolverine” took second Friday-to-Sunday with $21.7 million, an almost 60% week-over-week drop, followed by “Smurfs 2,” which earned $18.2 million during the weekend. »


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