"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Dominates the Box Office

Posted Sunday August 7, 2011 6:52 AM GMT

Swinging into theaters nationwide, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" took over the box office by shooting to the top spot over the weekend of August 5-7, 2011.

The James Franco/Freida Pinto starring origins-based picture pulled in an estimated $19 million on opening day while trending towards a solid $54 million weekend take.

Falling to second place was last weekend's co-winner "The Smurfs 3D," as the Sony Pictures family film saw $5.7 million in ticket sales on Friday with a projected second weekend total of $21 million.

Rounding out the top five at the box office this weekend are the Daniel Craig/Olivia Wilde driven action flick "Cowboys & Aliens" ($15.8 million), followed by the disappointing Ryan Reynolds spearheaded comedy "The Change-Up" ($13.5 million) and "Captain America: The First Avenger" ($13.5 million).