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Rise of the Planet of the Apes debuts with strong $54.8M; The Change-Up disappoints in fourth with $13.5M

Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes exceeded expectations with an impressive opening weekend of $54.806M from 3,648 theaters ($15,024 per theater average). It’s the 3rd biggest opening of the year for a non 3D film behind only “The Hangover Part II” ($85.946M) and “X-Men: First Class” ($55.102M).

Rise of the Planet of the Apes added $23.8M from a limited 25 international markets, including $5.2M in Russia, $5.1M in Australia and $5.0M in Spain. The film will expand to 15 more markets next weekend including the U.K., France and Germany.

The Change-Up was the only other wide releasing new release this weekend, and the comedy didn’t do so well, opening with a soft $13.531M from 2,913 theaters in fourth place.

Rounding out the top five was The Smurfs in second place (-42% to $20.702M / $75.904M cume), Cowboys & Aliens in third place (-57% to $15.729M / $67.35M cume) and Captain America: The First Avenger in fifth place (-49% to $13.022M / $143.204M cume).

More box office highlights after the jump.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 passed “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” to become the 3rd highest-grossing film of all time with $1.135B.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon moved into second place on the year ahead of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” with another $21.3M to reach more than $700M overseas ($).
  • Captain America: The First Avenger added $26.2M from 41 markets to cross $250M worldwide.
  • The Smurfs expanded from 7 markets to 42 markets and added $48.7M to reach more than $130M worldwide.
  • Super 8 expanded into a few key markets and added $16.4M to cross $200M worldwide.

Soruce: Box Office Mojo, (2)