BOX OFFICE: ‘Apes’ rose

Posted by · 10:46 am · August 7th, 2011

I’m no box office expert, but while $54 million is obviously a great late-summer number for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” I can’t help but wonder if it would have had a shot at more bank if it had been let out of the bag earlier via advance press screenings. Regardless, word of mouth could keep its legs strong, and I’m sure Fox is more than happy with this. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” hit a billion worldwide earlier in the week and will be lapped domestically by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” later this week. “Cowboys & Aliens,” meanwhile, is toast.

(Courtesy: Exhibitor Relations)

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  • 1 8-07-2011 at 10:50 am

    JJ1 said...

    Happy for ‘Apes’. And $54 mill actually seems really good to me.

    ‘Smurfs’ is still going strong, ugh.

    Glad ‘The Change-Up’ bombed. It looked like garbage. And anyone I know who saw it thought it was cringe-inducingly bad.

    Happy that ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ is still doing well; ‘Horrible Bosses’, too.

    Meanwhile, ‘Bridesmaids’ is chuggin’ to $170 mill domestic, and ‘Midnight in Paris’ will sail past $50 mill domestic. Wow.

  • 2 8-07-2011 at 11:19 am

    Cinesnatch said...

    Sarah’s Key is doing quite well.

  • 3 8-07-2011 at 11:23 am

    m1 said...

    Too bad that new Final Destination movie will be number 1.

  • 4 8-07-2011 at 11:24 am

    m1 said...

    Harry Potter is close to surpassing Transformers!

  • 5 8-07-2011 at 11:26 am

    Maxim said...

    Cowboys and Aliens had a decent weekend to weekened decline. It’s no huge hit but it may have staying power.

  • 6 8-07-2011 at 11:38 am

    SC said...

    The final “Harry Potter” wasn’t my favourite film of the franchise, but I’m so glad that it rather than “Transformers 3” will have the box office crown for 2011.

    Happy that “Crazy Stupid Love” has performed reasonably well.

    Ugh at “The Smurfs”; at least its huge budget will absorb most of those profits.

    “Captain America” is actually getting better attendance than “Thor”, but fewer people are seeing it in 3D, and thus it’s earned just slightly less. Nonetheless, I’m sure the studio is happy with its performance.

  • 7 8-07-2011 at 11:41 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “I’m so glad that it rather than “Transformers 3″ will have the box office crown for 2011.”

    Careful. Twi-shite is just around the corner.

  • 8 8-07-2011 at 11:44 am

    JJ1 said...

    Hehe ^

  • 9 8-07-2011 at 12:05 pm

    ninja said...

    Ha,ha, awesome Apes have the opening crappy C&A with its big names (with no actual drawing power or, in Ford case, not anymore) was expected to have. Great job! Trully the crowd pleaser of the summer especially THAT scene everyone`s buzzing about.

  • 10 8-07-2011 at 12:26 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Maxim- Cowboys & Aliens had a terrible drop. It’s a miss, no two ways about it.

  • 11 8-07-2011 at 12:46 pm

    Rashad said...

    Transformers is much better than HP. There’s actually life in the former.

  • 12 8-07-2011 at 12:51 pm

    Jim T said...

    Harry Potter 7.2 also beat The Return Of The King for the third all-time place at the world-wide box office.
    It’s in 3D and the ticket prices are higher blah blah.
    Just reporting :p

  • 13 8-07-2011 at 1:34 pm

    m1 said...

    7-Since when did November qualify as “right around the corner?” And Twilight is better than Transformers any day.

  • 14 8-07-2011 at 2:01 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Cowboys and Aliens probably won’t even top True Grit.

  • 15 8-07-2011 at 2:01 pm

    Drew said...

    And HIV is only slightly better than AIDS.

  • 16 8-07-2011 at 2:46 pm

    Dana Jones said...


  • 17 8-07-2011 at 3:04 pm

    Danny said...

    I highly doubt Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will overtake either Potter or Transformers in the box office. If it were the final Twilight, I’d have a wait an see attitude, but since this film like HPDH1 is a Part One, I expect it to do at best only marginally better than Eclipse, which was not quite a $4 million US BO improvement over New Moon, and $42/44 million less than Potter and Transformers have banked so far (and counting) in the US.

  • 18 8-07-2011 at 6:35 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Saw Apes again today. Loved it even more. My #3 on the year so far.

  • 19 8-07-2011 at 6:36 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    m1: Since it was three months away? Not that this semantics disagreement is the least bit necessary. Figure of speech and all that…

    And Twilight isn’t better than anything on ANY day.

  • 20 8-07-2011 at 6:46 pm

    Steven Kaye said...

    And another $1,000,000 in the bank for Midnight in Paris, taking it up to $48.5 m. In fact, it was just $100,000 behind Cars 2, which was playing in over twice the number of venues!

  • 21 8-07-2011 at 7:52 pm

    DylanS said...

    Saw “Midnight in Paris” last night, and it’s my early frontrunner for favorite of the year, and I can’t imagine liking anything else more in the Original Screenplat department. Adrien Brody killed it in his one scene, and I don’t want to spoil who he plays, but it’s AWSOME!

  • 22 8-08-2011 at 5:13 am

    m1 said...

    19-Having sat through the pieces of garbage known as I Am Number Four, No Strings Attached, and Pirates of the Caribbean, I highly doubt that this Twilight will be worse than these.

  • 23 8-08-2011 at 5:51 am

    JJ1 said...

    The Twilight series – to this point – is better than any of 2011’s I Am Number Four, Red Riding Hood, Big Mommas, Hall Pass, The Roommate, or any possible similar film … by a CLEAR margin.

    Of course, Twilight is still not very good. I loathed New Moon. But the series is hardly the worst as far as writing or technical work goes. imo.

  • 24 8-08-2011 at 6:16 am

    ninja said...

    “Of course, Twilight is still not very good. I loathed New Moon. But the series is hardly the worst as far as writing or technical work goes. imo.”

    So far, you are right. Definitely not the worst thing out there. But boy-oh-boy, just wait for Breaking Dawn. The book was an appalling garbage of the highest order and those movies cannot possibly be saved even with Condon`s best effort. I mean, it has werewolf falling in love with the baby and fanged caesarean for crying out loud. And is beyond boring between the odd WTF moment.

  • 25 8-08-2011 at 8:18 am

    JJ1 said...

    I am fearful of Breaking Dawn now, haha.

  • 26 8-08-2011 at 9:44 am

    Sawyer said...

    Damn. I thought that was next year.

    I HATE those Twilight movies. Seriously, worst franchise ever, unless you can’t two Fantastic Four movies as a franchise.

  • 27 8-08-2011 at 11:35 am

    m1 said...

    How is Twilight the worst franchise? Ace Ventura and those Chipmunk movies are way worse.

  • 28 8-08-2011 at 11:53 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I find nothing redeeming about Twilight whatsoever. Sure, it’s not fair to call it “worst ever” or whatever, but let’s not split hairs. Shitty is shitty and those films have NOTHING TO OFFER.

  • 29 8-08-2011 at 12:44 pm

    DylanS said...

    I get most sensations, even when I’m not a fan myself. But these and the Transformers movies, are sensations I just plain don’t get.

  • 30 8-08-2011 at 12:52 pm

    James D. said...

    My girlfriend made me watch the first two Twilight films on Friday. They are certainly terrible movies, but I would rather watch them again than The Blind Side, Precious, or Juno. Twilight is trash cinema for a demographic, while the others aspire to be something they are not even close to being.

  • 31 8-08-2011 at 1:42 pm

    Sawyer said...

    I forgot the Chipmunks movies. They’re neck and neck.

  • 32 8-08-2011 at 3:20 pm

    JJ1 said...

    DylanS, well said about Transformers.

    All I get from those films are: twirpy Sam Witwicky, non-descript female stars, huge pieces of metal clashing, noise, and a running time that goes for 2.5 hours.

    I zone out early on, my mind wanders, & try as I might … I’ll never be entertained by them. But I do try.

  • 33 8-08-2011 at 3:36 pm

    DylanS said...

    JJ1: Not to mention huge pieces of metal clashing that aren’t actually real.

  • 34 8-08-2011 at 4:25 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Man, I just realized that Bridesmaids is the only movie I saw this summer that ever was in the top 10. Before that, it was Scream 4.

    I guess I’ll saddle up and see Rise of the Planet of the Apes though to see what the fuss is about.

  • 35 8-08-2011 at 4:43 pm

    JJ1 said...

    ‘Bridesmaids’ is still my favorite film of the year (no less, comedy).

    It’s quite a margin ahead of anything else. And I’ve seen a lot that I liked, and a lot that I didn’t.

  • 36 8-08-2011 at 4:55 pm

    m1 said...

    34-You didn’t see Midnight in Paris? It was exceptional.

  • 37 8-08-2011 at 9:58 pm

    Glenn said...

    Jokes about AIDS are so funny.