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August 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Most of the top movies earned more at the box office on Sunday than their respective studios had estimated. <I>Rise of the Planet of the Apes </I>fell 49 percent in its second weekend to $27.8 million, crossing the $100 million mark after just ten days and bringing its domestic gross to $105.2 million. In second place was DreamWorks’s <I>The Help</I> with $26 million. The film had opened on Wednesday in order to attract book club members who had helped make the novel on which the film was based one of the hottest best-sellers in recent years. Over the five days the movie sold $35.9 million worth of tickets. Coming in slightly below estimates was <I>Final Destination 5</I>, drawing just $18 million, the poorest opening of any of the <I>Final Destination </I>movies.<I>30 Minutes or Less </I>also performed poorly with just $13.3 million, but <I>Glee: The 3D Concert Movie</I> had nothing at all to be gleeful about, as it failed to open in the top ten, with ticket sales of just $6 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. <I>Rise of the Planet of the Apes,</I> 20th Century Fox, $27,832,307, 2 Wks. ($105,208,226); 2. <I>The Help,</I> Disney, $26,044,590, 1 Wk. ($35,918,416 (From Wednesday); 3. <I>Final Destination 5</I>, Warner Bros., $18,031,396, (New); 4. <I>The Smurfs</I>, Sony Animation/Columbia, $13,733,081, 3 Wks. ($101,778,741); 5. <I>30 Minutes or Less,</I> Sony, $13,330,118, (New); 6. <I>Cowboys & Aliens</I>, Universal, $7,811,305, 3 Wks. ($81,674,015); 7. <I>Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part II </I>, Warner Bros., $7,251,414, 5 Wks. ($357,337,355); 8. <I>Captain America: The First Avenger</I>, Paramount, $7,210,902, 4 Wks. ($156,971,108); 9. <I>Crazy, Stupid, Love.</I>, Warner Bros., $7,054,228, 3 Wks. ($55,526,524); 10. <I>The Change-Up</I>, Universal, $6,306,645, 2 Wks. ($25,838,850).