Looks like the marketing got it right: this weekend the apes will rise. Fox’s modern entry in the classic Planet of the Apes franchise – Rise of the Planet of the Apes – opened on Friday with $19.75 million from 3,648 locations. That puts the prequel /remake /reboot on track for a three day estimate of between $45 and $50 million. Not only is that significantly above early projections for the film, but it is also well over what last weekend’s higher-budgeted Cowboys and Aliens pulled in for its (just barely) number one debut over The Smurfs. After missing out on that top spot, the family film went on to beat the smurf out of Cowboys and Aliens all week long; including Friday where The Smurfs placed second. Though statistically tied for third place, the weekend’s second new release is a big disappointment no matter how you slice it. The R-rated comedy The Change-Up opened with an estimated $4.7 million from 2,913 locations and is not expected to make even the modest mid-teens that Universal projected. Details and analysis tomorrow.
|1||Rise of the Planet of the Apes||$19,750,000||$19.75|
|3||Cowboys and Aliens||$4,749,000||$56.3|