Apes climbs to No 1

2011-08-07 22:02

Los Angeles - Apes have climbed to the top rung of the weekend box office.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Rise of the Planet of the Apes took in $54m to open as the No 1 movie.

That was more than analysts expected for the Apes prequel, though well below the $68.5m opening of Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake 10 years ago.

The family tale The Smurfs remained at No 2 for the second-straight weekend with $21m, lifting its domestic total to $76.2m.

The sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens, which debuted at No 1 narrowly ahead of The Smurfs a week earlier, fell to third with $15.8m, raising its total to $67.4m.

The comedy The Change-Up opened a weak No 4 with $13.5m.