Update: Updated with final box office data.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes held off four new releases to stay atop the box office charts this weekend with a $27.832M 2nd weekend (-49% / $105.208M cume).
The Help was really the only strong new release this weekend, taking in $26.045M from 2,534 theaters and pushing its 5-day cume — it opened on Wednesday — to a better than expected $35.918M.
‘Rise of the Apes’ was first Friday-Sunday, with $8.108M on Friday (vs. $7.645M for The Help), +35% on Saturday to $10.928M (vs. +31% / $9.997M for “The Help”) and -20% on Sunday to $8.797M (vs. -16% / $8.403M for “The Help”).
Third place went to Final Destination 5 with $18.031M from 3,155 theaters. The 3D release debuted on the lower end of expectations and this actually marks the first time a film in the franchise hasn’t topped its predecessor’s opening weekend.
30 Minutes or Less debuted about where most expected it to with $13.330M from 2,888 theaters in fifth place. The news was much worse for Glee The 3D Movie Concert. After a disappointing sixth place Friday ($2.735M), ‘Glee 3D’ dropped a disastrous 37% on Saturday to $1.716M and another 12% on Sunday to $1.511M for a hugely disappointing 11th place finish of $5.961M.
The Smurfs, meanwhile, rounded out the top five in fourth place with $13.733M in its third weekend to push its domestic cume past $100M at $101.779M.
Other noteworthy weekend highlights — both domestic and foreign — including for Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon follow after the jump.
- Captain America: The First Avenger crossed the $150M domestic mark this weekend with $7.211M (-45%) from 2,835 theaters. The new cume of $156.971M brings the film into second place on the year among Comic Book movies (behind “Thor” at $180.953M, but ahead of “X-Men: First Class” at $145.689M). At its current pace, ‘Captain America’ should close its domestic run at around $170-175M. It added an estimated $128.3M from foreign markets for a new worldwide cume of $285.271M.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 crossed the $350M domestic mark this past Thursday and added $7.251M this weekend (-42%) for a new domestic cume of $357.337M. ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2′ is the year’s top-grossing film relieving Transformers: Dark of the Moon of that honor last Monday. As strong as the film’s domestic box office is, foreign box office is many times more impressive at a staggering estimated $857.8M. Worldwide cume has now crossed $1.2B ($1.215B).
- ‘Transformers 3′, meanwhile, dropped out of the top 10 for $1.385M this weekend ($347.269M cume). Foreign markets have added an estimated $724.0M for $1.071B worldwide.
- After a four-week reign, The Smurfs unseated ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2′ overseas with an estimated $60.0M (est. $141.1M cume) from 44 markets bringing the 3D film’s worldwide cume to $242.879M.
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes expanded into 39 markets and added $39.8M (est. $74.4M foreign cume / $179.608M worldwide).
- Even Green Lantern got into the action this weekend. The under-performing film entered 28 markets and added an estimated $14.2M (est. $61.6M foreign cume). Worldwide cume is at a weak $176.637M worldwide.
- And lastly, Cowboys & Aliens opened into 14 markets with an estimated $7.0M. The Jon Favreau-directed Sci-Fi Western is only at $88.674M worldwide ($81.674M domestic cume).