Great Monkey Business for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," Not So Much for "The Change-Up" 


"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" did not monkey around at the North American box office over the weekend. The prequel to the popular series starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, and Andy Serkis claimed the top spot bowing at No. 1 with $54 million, about $15 million to $20 million more than expected.

("Rise of the Planet of the Apes" movie review)

Meanwhile, previous weekend's box-office champ, Universal's "Cowboys & Aliens" fell to No. 3 with $15.8 million lifting its domestic total to a weak $67.4 million. Over the course of last week, "The Smurfs" ultimately proved that movie audiences loved the little blue creatures more. The Sony kiddie tale remained at No. 2 with $21 million for a domestic total of $76.2 million.

("Cowboys & Aliens" movie review)

Universal is clearly not having a great week. The studio's new comedy, "The Change-Up" starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, flopped, opening at No. 4 with a weak $13.5 million; thus, ending the mighty box-office run of the raunchy comedy genre. Or was it the body-switching-by-way-of-urinating-at-a-magic-fountain genre?

But "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" continued to make box-office magic, becoming this year's top-grossing global release! Its $1.13 billion haul over the weekend surpassed the $1.04 billion total of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." Go Harry!

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of Aug. 5:

1. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," $54 million

2. "The Smurfs," $21 million

3. "Cowboys & Aliens," $15.8 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

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