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August 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Twentieth Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes made monkeys out of the box-office forecasters again this weekend. For the second week in a row the top film’s estimated grosses bore no comparison with the predictions of the experts. Last weekend, they overestimated the likely performance of Cowboys & Aliens; this weekend, they underestimated Apes, which grossed about $54 million, swinging well above the average prediction of $30-35 million. Overseas, the film debuted in 26 countries and earned $23.4 million, also exceeding predictions. Meanwhile, blue turned very green this weekend as Sony/Columbia’s The Smurfs became a bona fide hit as it remained in second place with $21 million, down a modest 41 percent from last weekend. However, all hope for Universal’s Cowboys & Aliens to escape flopdom vanished as it was able to score just $15.8 million, dropping 58 percent from last weekend. The box-office gurus could be happy with one result, however: Universal’s The Change-Up debuted as predicted with an estimated (and disappointing) $13.5 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
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.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, $54,806,191
2. The Smurfs, $20,702,415
3. Cowboys & Aliens, $15,729,455
4. The Change-Up, $13,531,115
5. Captain America: The First Avenger, $13,021,922