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The new Planet of the Apes movie was pretty awesome.

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Final Destination 5 deserves moar!

Weekend Report: 'Apes' Cling to Top Spot, 'Help' Cleans Up

Rise of the Planet of the Apes fended off an onslaught of four new nationwide releases to top the weekend box office again. The Help won the debut dust-up, blind-siding a tepid Final Destination 5, while 30 Minutes or Lessand Glee The 3D Concert Movie floundered.

Descending 50 percent, Rise of the Planet of the Apespacked an estimated $27.5 million. Though steep, the sci-fi thriller's second weekend slide was less severe thanPlanet of the Apes (2001)I, RobotG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and X-Men: First Class, among comparable titles. With a $104.9 million haul in ten days,Rise is tracking ahead of fellow 20th Century Fox prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class ($98 million) and has out-grossed most of its key comps through the same point, aside from the last Planet remake's $123.7 million (or $174.2 million normalized for ticket-price inflation).

The Help picked up an estimated $25.5 million on approximately 3,100 screens at 2,534 locations, exceeding the debuts of the major female-driven book adaptations of the last two Augusts, Julie & Julia ($20 million) and Eat Pray Love ($23.1 million). Help has shown even greater initial popularity, since it opened on Wednesday, unlike those two movies, and has tallied $35.4 million in five days.

In third place, death started to take the Final Destinationfranchise, which saw one of its sequels open lower than a predecessor for the first time. Final Destination 5 drew an estimated $18.4 million on close to 4,600 screens at 3,155 locations, and an estimated 75 percent of the gross was from 3D presentations on 2,800 screens at 2,515 locations. Predecessor The Final Destination, also in 3D, debuted to $27.4 million in Aug. 2009, but FD5's estimated attendance was the worst of the franchise, slotting just below the first movie.

The Smurfs collected an estimated $13.5 million and boasted the smallest percentage drop among nationwide holdovers (35 percent). With a $101.5 million total in 17 days, it has exceeded nearly all recent talking-critter comedies through the same point, excluding the Chipmunks.

Rounding out the Top Five, 30 Minutes or Less mustered an estimated $13 million on around 3,100 screens at 2,888 locations, which paled relative to Zombieland's $24.7 million first weekend. The action comedy's start was more in the league of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Observe and Report and a far cry from Pineapple Express.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie ranked 11th with an estimated $5.7 million at 2,040 3D locations, which was less than half of even Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience among comparable titles.

The movies ranked No. 6 through No. 9, Cowboys & AliensCaptain America: The First AvengerCrazy, Stupid, Love. and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, were all within $750,000 of each other, ranging from $7.6 million (Cowboys) to $6.9 million (Harry). All continued down their expected paths, andCaptain crossed the $150 million milestone (in 22 days).

Boutros said:
Final Destination 5 deserves moar!

this x 1000!

I got to see an advanced screening of The Help and it was a very good movie! I'm sure it'll get some Oscar nods. I'm glad to see it doing well.

The book is pretty good as well.

"But I don't want to go among mad people!" said Alice. "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat. "We're all mad here."

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Boutros said:
Final Destination 5 deserves moar!

ew no. Final Destination 5 deserves to die like everybody in those movies >:( 

axumblade said:
Boutros said:
Final Destination 5 deserves moar!

ew no. Final Destination 5 deserves to die like everybody in those movies >:( 

Around-the-World Roundup: Foreign Box Office Gets 'Smurfed'

Further solidifying its foreign drawing power, The Smurfsunseated four-time champ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to take the top spot this weekend. Rise of the Planet of the Apes also put up mighty numbers, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon made another major move on the all-time worldwide chart.

The Smurfs earned an estimated $60 million from 44 territories. That included a potent $12.5 million in China, which ranked in the all-time Top Ten for non-Chinese movies, according to distributor Sony Pictures International. It also opened well in the United Kingdom ($6.6 million), Russia ($4.5 million) and South Korea ($2.5 million). It also had strong holds in Brazil ($5.3 million) and Germany ($4.6 million), dropping 25 and 28 percent, respectively. The Smurfs has already made $141.1 million overseas for a worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total of $242.6 million and should continue to play well throughout the rest of the Summer. 

Rise of the Planet of the Apes expanded in to 39 markets and grossed $39.8 million. The Apes had impressive first place starts in the U.K. ($9.65 million), France ($8.7 million) and Germany ($4.6 million). With a $74.4 million foreign total, Apes is set to expand to South Korea next weekend with Brazil and Mexico opening in the following weeks. 

Settling for third, Harry Potter still tacked on an estimated $30 million from 61 territories to bring its foreign total to a phenomenal $857.8 million. While its second weekend figures from China aren't currently available, it did jump nine percent to $5.2 million in Japan thanks to the Obon holidays. On Sunday, Potter's worldwide total passed $1.2 billion. 

After languishing at the bottom of the charts for a while, Green Lantern rocketed back on to the scene with $14.2 million in 28 markets. It debuted in first place in Mexico with $4.3 million and also had a $3.1 million debut in Australia. It was scheduled to open in France this weekend, though Warner Bros. did not include those figures in their report. The movie has now made a paltry $61.6 million overseas, but at least it still has openings in Brazil and Japan to look forward to. 

Cars 2 slowed 44 percent to $13.1 million for a $290 million total. On a worldwide basis, it passed the first Carslate last week and has now made $476 million. 

Transformers: Dark of the Moon eased 41 percent to $12.5 million from 62 territories. It added $4.7 million in China to bring its total to a whopping $151.1 million. It also slid just 5 percent to $4.6 million in Japan due to the holidays there. Over the weekend, Transformers passed Toy Story 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to take fifth place on the all-time worldwide chart with $1.071 billion. 

Without any major openings, Captain America: The First Avenger fell 53 percent to $12.2 million for an overseas total of $128.3 million. It expands to France, Germany and a handful of other European countries next weekend. Super 8, another Paramount Pictures International release, added $9.5 million for a total of $94.5 million. It had a weak $1.2 million opening in Brazil and is set to launch in Spain next weekend.

Cowboys & Aliens had its first foreign openings this weekend, grossing an estimated $7 million from 14 locations. That included a decent $2.8 million in Russia and an unimpressive $1.1 million in South Korea. Next weekend, the movie expands to eight more markets, including the U.K. and Australia.

Harry Potter


Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic:  $356,961,000    29.4%
Foreign:  $857,800,000    70.6%
Worldwide:  $1,214,761,000  


Total Lifetime Grosses

Domestic:  $347,234,000    32.4%
Foreign:  $724,000,000    67.6%
Worldwide:  $1,071,234,000


The Smurfs might reach $400m worldwide! Very Impressive!