"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" still dominated the North American box office in its second week. The prequel of the 1968 sci-fi film, however, dropped around 50% from last week with $27.8 million from domestic ticket sales.
Nonetheless, the Rupert Wyatt-directed movie becomes the third film this summer to take the highest spot in the chart for more than one week after "Thor" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon".
Trailing behind "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at number two was Emma Stone-starring drama "The Help". The newcomer on the chart has raked $26 million. The movie earned around $5 million more than what analysts previously predicted, with around 73% of critics recommending the film.
Another new entry, "Final Destination 5" landed at the third position with $18 million, which fell from prediction. The fifth installment of the thriller franchise was actually expected to earn not less than $23 million on its first weekend.
Raja Gosnell's animated movie "The Smurfs" dropped two positions from the second to the fourth this week. The film added $13.7 million to its domestic cume totaling $101.5 million after playing in theaters ten days. Meanwhile, another new entry "30 Minutes or Less" rounded up the top five with $13.3 million, far from the expectations of Columbia Pictures.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for August 12-14: