Rupert Wyatt's sci-fi movie kicks off with $54.8 million in its first week, while Ryan Reynold-starring comedy does not meet expectation with only $13.5 million.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" swings to the first spot at North American Box Office on its debut weekend. The Rupert Wyatt-directed sci-fi has earned $54.8 million from domestic ticket sales, which is more than the $36.4 million "Cowboys and Aliens" had reached last weekend.
The number is quite big for a summer action movie. It is placed tenth among the top 15 weekend openers since last April, above "Green Lantern" ($53.2 million) and below "X-Men: First Class" ($55.1 million).
According to exit polling, the James Franco-starring movie has attracted mainly male moviegoers (56%) while 59% were over the age of 25 and around 20% were above 50 years old. Most viewers gave this film "A-" CinemaScore grade.
Trailing behind "Apes" at number two is "The Smurfs" with $20.7 million, or dropping about 41% from last week's cume. So far, the animated movie has raked in $76.2 million and it seems to be on its track to gain around $135 million overall.
Last week's chart topper, "Cowboys and Aliens" is falling down to number three with $15.7 million. Meanwhile, another new debut "The Change-Up" doesn't perform as well as expected. The movie only earns $13.5 million, while analysts predicted it would open at about $20 million. "Captain America: The First Avenger" rounds out the top five with $13 million.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for August 5-7:
- "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" - $54.8 million
- "The Smurfs" - $20.7 million
- "Cowboys and Aliens" - $15.7 million
- "The Change-Up" - $13.5 million
- "Captain America: The First Avenger" - $13 million
- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" - $12.4 million
- "Crazy, Stupid, Love." - $12 million
- "Friends With Benefits" - $4.6 million
- "Horrible Bosses" - $4.5 million
- "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" - $3 million