LOS ANGELES — “Cowboys & Aliens” has beaten back “The Smurfs” to win a squeaker at the weekend box office.
According to final studio counts Monday, the sci-fi Western took the No. 1 spot on the domestic charts with a $36.4 million debut.
That puts Universal Pictures’ “Cowboys & Aliens” $800,000 ahead of Sony’s family adventure “The Smurfs,” which finished at No. 2 with $35.6 million over opening weekend.
Sunday estimates had the two movies in a tie for the No. 1 spot at $36.2 million each.
Last week, box-office analysts had expected “Cowboys & Aliens” would be the clear winner over the weekend. But the Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford action tale opened weaker than anticipated, while “The Smurfs” had a stronger debut than forecast.
‘Jeopardy!’ burglary suspect pleads not guilty
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco woman charged with breaking into the hotel room of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of burglary and possession of stolen property.
Lucinda Moyers entered her plea Monday in San Francisco Superior Court. The judge kept the 56-year-old’s bail at $625,000. She is scheduled back in court on Aug. 15 to set a preliminary hearing date.
Authorities say Moyers stole cash, a bracelet and other items from the San Francisco hotel room on July 26 where Trebek was staying with his wife, Jean. All of the items except the cash and bracelet were recovered.
Trebek says he chased Moyers out of his room at the Marriot Marquis. He ruptured his Achilles tendon and is currently on crutches.