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Andy Serkis closes deal to return for Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel

Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has signed Andy Serkis to reprise his motion-capture role of Caesar in the studio’s planned sequel to the summer hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Director Rupert Wyatt is also back, as are screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The studio will make a decision on […]

Box Office Updates: Green Lantern and Bad Teacher cross $200M worldwide; Rise of the Planet of the Apes crosses $300M

Green Lantern continues to open in international markets, and the film has finally crossed $200M worldwide after more than two and a half months in theaters. The film’s worldwide total stands at $206.077M ($115.977M domestic / $90.1M foreign) as of August 28, 2011.

Bad Teacher, meanwhile, has also crossed the $200M mark and now […]

Rise of the Planet of the Apes crosses $200M in worldwide box office

20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes has grossed more than $200M worldwide.

As of August 18, the film’s worldwide total is at $211.632M ($117.464M domestic / $94.168M foreign).

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.

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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.

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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.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens to $1.254M from midnights

20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes had a $1.254M midnight opening from 1,124 theaters. The Rupert Wyatt-directed prequel is expected to take in $40-45M for the weekend.

Sources: Box Office Mojo & Deadline

New international trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

20th Century Fox has released a new international trailer for Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Starring James Franco, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is scheduled to hit theaters on August 15, 2011.

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International trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

20th Century Fox has released an international trailer for Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, John Lithgow and Tom Felton, Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on August 5, 2011.

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New Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox and John Lithgow and is scheduled to hit theaters on August 5, 2011.

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The Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Movie poster and trailer

Click over the jump to see the poster in full and to watch the trailer.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is scheduled to hit theaters on August 5, 2011.

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