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Planet of the Apes rises to top of box office

Rise of the Planet of the Apes battled comedy juggernauts Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds in The Change-Up while fighting off Cowboys & Aliens to dominate the box office. Even though The Smurfs were nipping at its heels, the movie came out on top. After a decade away from the screen, the apes still got it!

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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.

The runners-up

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 TimberlakeMila 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

  1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: $54 million
  2. The Smurfs: $21 million
  3. Cowboys & Aliens: $15.7 million
  4. The Change-Up: $13.5 million
  5. Captain America: The First Avenger: $13 million
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: $12.2 million
  7. Crazy, Stupid, Love: $12.1 million
  8. Friends with Benefits: $4.7 million
  9. Horrible Bosses: $4.6 million
  10. Transformers: Dark of the Moon: $3 million

(via BoxOfficeMojo)

Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

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