Box Office: "Planet of the Apes" Edges Out "The Help"

Posted Sunday August 14, 2011 1:50 PM GMT

Continuing to conquer its theatrical competition, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" held its grasp atop the box office over the weekend of August 12-14, 2011.

The James Franco/Freida Pinto starring origins-based picture pulled in $8.1 million on Friday while garnering a $27 million take during it's second weekend of release.

Posting solid numbers for a second place effort thus far is Emma Stone's new movie "The Help" - with the slave era book-based film hot on the trails of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" with $7.6 million in ticket sales on Friday with an estimated weekend total of $25.7 million.

Rounding out the top five at the box office this weekend are "Final Destination 5" ($18.4 million), followed by "The Smurfs 3D" ($13.5 million) and "30 Minutes or Less" ($13 million).

Meanwhile, another box office newcomer, "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie," had a worse than expected showing while not even finishing in the top ten after it's opening weekend earnings ended up at $5.5 million.