‘Planet of the Apes’ prequel conquers the weekend box office

A wiser-than-usual ape intimidates a police officer in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

Sci-fi thriller “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” reigned at the weekend box office with $54 million in ticket sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates released yesterday.

Surprise summer hit “The Smurfs” finished second with $21 million domestically over three days, followed by sci-fi Western “Cowboys & Aliens” with $15.7 million.

New body-switching comedy “The Change-Up” finished fourth with $13.5 million, at the low end of forecasts. The film, starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, was widely panned for its formulaic plot and raunchy humor.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. Starring James Franco, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis, the film is set in modern-day San Francisco at a medical research facility that tests Alzheimer’s medications on apes.

“The Change-Up” and “Cowboys & Aliens” were distributed by Universal Studios, a division of Comcast Corp. Columbia Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp, released “The Smurfs.”



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