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‘Smurfs 2’ Debuts to $5.2 Mil Wednesday, Eyes Overseas Boost

Sony Animation toon could reach as much as $100 million worldwide

Smurfs 2” earned a modest $5.2 million at the U.S. box office Wednesday as the Sony Pictures Animation sequel looks for a significant bump in overseas ticket sales.

Five-day U.S. projections for the Sony Animation sequel currently stand in the $35 million range but the 3D family toon, opening in 42 international territories this weekend, may reach $100 million worldwide.

Pic has already grossed $1.6 million in the U.K. on Wednesday, up 21% from the original, before it opens in France, Germany and Brazil.

The first installment of “The Smurfs” cumed an impressive $421 million abroad.

Stateside, “Smurfs 2” will square off against Universal’s newcomer “2 Guns,” which, in three days, is expected to bow in the mid-$30 million range.

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