Apes remain top of the US box office

The Help enjoys strong opening weekend

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes continues to perform strongly for Fox, having enjoyed a second weekend on top of the US box office.

Whilst many had been surprised by the strength of its opening weekend, the monkey-led spectacular lost less than half of its original takings in round two, with $27.5 million pushing its domestic total over the $100 million mark.

However, the apes weren’t to have it all their own way, with literary adaptation The Help pulling in $25.5 million to take second place. That represents a more than respectable performance from a film few had expected to appeal beyond fans of the source material.

In third place is another new release, with $18.4 million representing a slightly disappointing return for Final Destination 5 . Meanwhile, The Smurfs continued to punch above their weight with a $13.5 million weekend, narrowly edging fellow Sony comedy 30 Minutes Or Less into fifth place with $13 million.

Blockbuster heavyweights Cowboys And Aliens and Captain America continued to plod along in sixth and seventh place respectively, with both films adding a further $7 million to their coffers. Crazy Stupid Love made just shy of that, leaving it a respectable eighth in the chart.

Harry Potter still refuses to go quietly, with another $6.8 million leaving it in ninth place, whilst The Change-Up completes the top 10 after another disappointing weekend saw it add just $6.2 million to its overall haul.

Oh, and for those of you looking for Glee The 3D Concert Movie amongst the top 10, look elsewhere. It made just $5.7 million from its opening weekend. Time to knock it on the head? One can only hope…


George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.


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