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The Smurfs set for sequel

Aug 11, 2011 | 5:00am EDT

The little blue men proved their pulling power when they opened in second place on the U.S. box office chart last month (Jul11) with opening weekend takings of $35.4 million (£22.13 million), narrowly losing out on the top spot to Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig's sci-fi blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens.

And film executives at Sony Pictures are so impressed by The Smurfs' popularity, they are aiming to have a second installment in movie theatres by August, 2013, reports trade paper Daily Variety.

The Smurfs, a live action comedy, stars Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria and Sofia Vergara, and also featured the voices of Alan Cumming and singer Katy Perry.

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