"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Holds No. 1 Position, "The Help" Surprises, "Glee" Flops! 

In a crowded box-office weekend, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" continued to dominate the box-office finishing at No. 1 for its second weekend. Starring James Franco, the 20th Century Fox release earned $27.5 million and has raised its 10-day domestic total to $104.9 million.

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"The Help," one of the new entries at the box-office, surprised everyone with a strong debut. Based on the beloved book by Kathryn Stockett, "The Help" was helped by ardent fans which propelled the film to open at No. 2 with $25.5 million. Since opening Wednesday, the DreamWorks release distributed by Disney has sold $35.4 million tickets.

The New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. horror sequel "Final Destination 5" also had a great box-office showing, opening at No. 3 with $18.4 million. The film drew 75% of its grosses from 3D locations, which is good news since most films that opened this summer failed to match what "Final Destination 5" has accomplished in 3D.

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Speaking of 3D, "Glee" fell flat! Fox was having a good weekend with "Apes" and a terrible one with "Glee." The 3D concert movie could not even muster to join Top 10, finishing at No. 11 with just $5.7 million.

Sony was also having a good and bad weekend. Good because "The Smurfs" slipped to No. 4 with $13.5 million but has entered the $100 million club! Its three-week total now stands at $101.5 million. Smurfs that!

But Sony's action-comedy caper "30 Minutes or Less" starring Jesse Eisenberg opened weakly at No. 5 with just $13 million. From Ruben Fleischer, the guy who gave us the fantastic "Zombieland," "30 Minutes or Less" was a bit dull in parts, funny sometimes, but at least the film zipped through its running time of 85 minutes or less.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of August 12th:

1. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," $27.5 million
2. "The Help," $25.5 million
3. "Final Destination 5," $18.4 million
4. "The Smurfs," $13.5 million
5. "30 Minutes or Less," $13 million
6. "Cowboys & Aliens," $7.6 million
7. "Captain America: The First Avenger," $7.1 million
8. "Crazy, Stupid, Love," $6.93 million
9. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," $6.9 million
10. "The Change-Up," $6.2 million

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