Rise of the Planet of the Apes was last week's box office frontrunner and boy, did it deliver! The prequel in the long-running sci-fi franchise debuted in the top spot with $54 million. The film was powered by an amazing motion-capture performance from Andy Serkis, who was supported by Oscar nominee James Franco and Freida Pinto. Apes' only new competition came from the R-rated comedy The Change-Up, which, more or less, bombed.
Coming in at number two was The Smurfs with $21 million, followed by Cowboys & Aliens at number three with $15.7 million. The roles were reversed for these two, who duked it out last week in a tie that was ultimately broken by Aliens.
As we previously mentioned, The Change-Up underwhelmed at the box office, taking fourth place with $13.5 million. That's pretty low, considering its cast includes Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. Captain America: The First Avenger held steady at number five with $13 million, bringing its domestic total to $143 million.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II came in sixth place with $12.2 million, followed by Crazy, Stupid, Love in seventh, with a close $12.1 million. The number eight spot belongs to the Justin Timberlake- Mila Kunis comedy Friends with Benefits with $4.7 million, which is quite a drop after three weeks.
Jason Bateman's other comedy Horrible Bosses, is still hanging in at number nine with $4.6 million and the top 10 is completed with Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which adds another $3 million to its domestic total of $344 million.
Box Office Weekend: Aug. 6, 2011
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes: $54 million
- The Smurfs: $21 million
- Cowboys & Aliens: $15.7 million
- The Change-Up: $13.5 million
- Captain America: The First Avenger: $13 million
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: $12.2 million
- Crazy, Stupid, Love: $12.1 million
- Friends with Benefits: $4.7 million
- Horrible Bosses: $4.6 million
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon: $3 million
Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox