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'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Still Rules Box Office, Holding Off 'The Help'

August 15, 2011 01:39:32 GMT

The sci-fi movie becomes the third film to reign the chart for more than a week this summer, while the newcomer lands at the second place with more than what analysts predicted.



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"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:

  1. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" - $27.8 million
  2. "The Help" - $26 million
  3. "Final Destination 5" - $18 million
  4. "The Smurfs" - $13.7 million
  5. "30 Minutes or Less" - $13.3 million
  6. "Cowboys and Aliens" - $7.8 million
  7. * "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" - $7.2 million
  8. "Captain America: The First Avenger" - $7.2 million
  9. "Crazy, Stupid, Love." - $7 million
  10. "The Change Up" - $6.3 million
*UPDATE (Aug. 16, 2011 - 01:02 AM GMT): When the final figures came out on Monday, August 15, it was revealed that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" secured the seventh position on the chart. Thus, it forced "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." to drop another spot each and land on the eight and ninth position respectively.

© AceShowbiz.com




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