Rise of the Planet of the Apes climbed to the top with $54.8 million on approximately 5,400 screens at 3,648 locations, which ranked as the fourth highest-grossing August opening ever. Among comparable movies, the franchise reboot’s launch was superior to District 9‘s $37.4 million and Terminator Salvation‘s $42.6 million and close to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra‘s $54.7 million (on the same weekend in 2009). It even grossed more than I, Robot‘s $52.2 million (though sold fewer tickets) and was just a hair lower than X-Men: First Class‘s $55.1 million earlier this summer.
Though Rise was beneath Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001)‘s $68.5 million, that was to be expected considering it didn’t cover the franchise’s most iconic territory and was essentially a remake of one of the fractionally popular sequels, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Rise also had to overcome a ten-year franchise dormancy and the taint of audiences’ mixed reaction to the Planet remake.
New Movies in Theaters
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes [Sci-Fi Action, 1 hr. 50 min.] James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Tyler Labine, Jamie Harris, Andy Serkis.
- The Change-Up: [Comedy, 1 hr. 41 min.] Alan Arkin, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde.
Top 10 U.S.A. Weekend Box Office
Weekend: August 5th to 7th, 2011
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes $54,806,191 Total: $54,806,191 Weeks: 1
- (2) The Smurfs $20,702,415 Total: $75,904,246 Weeks: 2
- (1) Cowboys & Aliens $15,729,455 Total: $67,349,520 Weeks: 2
- The Change-Up $13,531,115 Total: $13,531,115 Weeks: 1
- (3) Captain America: The First Avenger $13,021,922 Total: $143,203,967 Weeks: 3
- (4) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $12,445,031 Total: $343,086,045 Weeks: 4
- (5) Crazy, Stupid, Love. $12,017,146 Total: $42,102,252 Weeks: 2
- (6) Friends with Benefits $4,687,883 Total: $48,526,287 Weeks: 3
- (7) Horrible Bosses $4,583,252 Total: $105,125,415 Weeks: 5
- (8) Transformers: Dark of the Moon $3,086,145 Total: $344,244,486 Weeks: 6
(#) = Previous week rank, = New Film
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