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Weekend Box-Office: August 12-14, 2011

Monkey see, monkey do...

Despite some of the series' best reviews, FINAL DESTINATION 5 wasn't able to beat the "monkey movie" this weekend as RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES maintained the #1 spot on the charts for a second weekend in a row. It was Disney's cinematic interpretation of THE HELP that actually managed to snag the #2 spot on the list (75% of audience members were female, the rest were guys with their balls chopped off apparently), with FINAL DESTINATION closing out the top 3 with close to $19M. It was only the 3rd time all summer that a film was able to maintain the #1 spot two weekends in a row (previous films in that category were THOR and TRANSFORMERS 3).

The film that spent the past two weekends in 2nd place, THE SMURFS, finally dropped to 4th place this week, but at the same time, managed to move past the $100M mark during its third week of release (it's currently sitting at $242M in worldwide grosses, hence the announcement of a sequel earlier this week). In doing so, THE SMURFS becomes the 20th film of the year to break the $100M barrier. The 5 films to score more than $200M so far this year are:

5. FAST FIVE ($210M)
4. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4 ($240M)
3. THE HANGOVER: PART 2 ($254M)
2. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON ($347M)
1. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS ($357M)

The other two new film releases of the week didn't fare as well, as 30 MINUTES OR LESS apparently didn't feature enough monkey-fare (their bad guys were dressed up as monkeys, as opposed to being actual CGI monkeys) as it opened with a weak $13M and a 5th place showing, which was a lot better than GLEE: THE MOVIE which opened in 11th place with a little under $6M.

Meanwhile, it looks like we can officially pronounce COWBOYS & ALIENS as one of the summer's duds (at least, box-office wise) as the film has only managed to score up $81M after 3 weeks of release (what's more important in that equation is that it apparently cost about $165M to make). At the same time, CAPTAIN AMERICA becomes the 2nd highest grossing "superhero movie" of the summer after THOR, as it closes in on the $160M mark, after one full month of release.

1. THOR ($181M)
2. CAPTAIN AMERICA ($157M)
3. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS ($146M)
4. GREEN LANTERN ($115M)

The 3 movies to get booted from the top 10 this weekend included HORRIBLE BOSSES ($110M), FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS ($53M) and TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON ($347M). For those few Woody Allen fans still around, it's interesting to note that his latest (and greatest, box-office wise, at least) film entitled MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is still hanging around in the top 20 and will be crossing the $50M barrier later this week. It will become the first time that a Woody Allen movie has grossed over $50M in his 40+ year career in Hollywood.  

Next weekend sees the release of the close-to-final movies of the summer including the latest Robert Rodriguez SPY KIDS movie, this one featuring a 4th-D element of "smell-O-vision", the romance film based on the best-selling novel starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess entitled ONE DAY and two genre offerings including the return of CONAN THE BARBARIAN and the re-imagining of FRIGHT NIGHT starring Colin Farrell. So which film do you think will finish atop the box-office charts next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $27.5 M $104.9 M
2. The Help $25.5 M $35.4 M
3. Final Destination 5 $18.4 M
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4. The Smurfs $13.5 M $101.5 M
5. 30 Minutes or Less $13 M
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6. Cowboys & Aliens $7.6 M $81.5 M
7. Captain America: The First Avenger $7.1 M $156.9 M
8. Crazy Stupid Love $6.9 M $55.4 M
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 $6.9 M $356.9 M
10. The Change-Up $6.2 M $25.8 M

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