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Weekend Box Office: ‘Rise of the Apes’ stays 1st with $27.8M, The Help strong 2nd with $26.0M + Final Destination 5 3rd, 30 Minutes or Less 5th and Glee 3D huge disappointment in 11th

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.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office: ‘Rise of the Apes’ stays 1st with $27.8M, The Help strong 2nd with $26.0M + Final Destination 5 3rd, 30 Minutes or Less 5th and Glee 3D huge disappointment in 11th

Friday Box Office: ‘Rise of the Apes’ 1st with $8.1M, The Help strong 2nd with $7.6M + Final Destination 5 3rd, ’30 Minutes’ 4th, ‘Glee’ disappointing 6th

It was a crowded Friday with four new releases competing against last weekend’s number one champ Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but the ‘Apes’ reigned atop the field again with an estimated $8.1M from 3,691 theaters.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is expected to gross between $24-27M for the weekend which would bring its 10-day cume to an estimated $101-104M by Sunday night. Finishing in second place on Friday was the comedy The Help. After opening midweek on Wednesday to a solid $5.540M, The Help added $4.334M on Thursday and grew 76% on Friday to an estimated $7.626M from 2,534 theaters. The Help has grossed an estimated $17.5M through three days of release and should gross somewhere around $22-24M for the 3-day weekend ($32-34M Wed-Sun).

The next best-performing new release this weekend was the horror thriller Final Destination 5. The 3D film grossed an estimated $7.34M on Friday and will finish its first weekend in the neighborhood of $18-21M.

Continue reading Friday Box Office: ‘Rise of the Apes’ 1st with $8.1M, The Help strong 2nd with $7.6M + Final Destination 5 3rd, ’30 Minutes’ 4th, ‘Glee’ disappointing 6th

Final Destination 5 to open in IMAX 3D on August 12

IMAX Corporation IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that the next installment in the popular Final Destination franchise, Final Destination 5, will be the first film in the horror series to open in IMAX. The film will be released in 223 domestic and select international IMAX(R) 3D digital theatres simultaneously with the film’s worldwide release on Aug. 12, 2011.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Final Destination 5 teaser poster and trailer

New Line Cinema has released the teaser poster and trailer for Eric Heisserer’s Final Destination 5. Click over the jump to watch the trailer and see the poster in full and high resolution.

Final Destination 5 is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on August 12, 2011.

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New Line moves Final Destination 5 up two weeks to August 12 + Apollo 18 and Sam Raimi Horror Project get new dates

New Line has pushed up the release of Final Destination 5 from August 26, 2011 to August 12. Weinstein Company is taking advantage of the shift by moving Oren Peli’s Apollo 18 out of 2012 (formerly January 6, 2012) and slating the film for August 26, 2011.

In other release date dates, Lionsgate has pushed back […]