Box Office: ‘Apes’ Draws Strong Numbers, ‘The Change-Up’ Fails To Register

Written by Rob Soto on Aug. 07, 2011

Going into the weekend, analysts had predicted that Rise of the Planet of the Apes was going to bring in anywhere from $40 million – $60 million. The movie fared toward the latter portion of that forecast, bringing in $54 million this weekend.

Though the movie was 21% lower than the release of the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes, many analysts consider the number it brought in to be good considering the movie had a budget of $93 million, 58% of which was made back just this weekend alone.

The movie now ranks in the fifth highest-grossing films in August ever, behind 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum ($227.47 million), 2001’s Rush Hour 2 ($67.40 million), 2002’s Signs ($60.11 million), and G.1. Joe: The Rise of Cobra ($54.71 million). Though, it has a good chance of beating out the latter movie and rank fourth once the actual numbers are released Monday.

Elsewhere, it was not good news for the premiere of the body switching movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in The Change-Up, which was only able to draw $13.5 million. Compared to similar movies, the movie ranked under movies that had a similar premise, such as Freaky Friday ($22.2 million) and 13 Going on 30 ($21.1 million).

Week two of The Smurfs was able to beat The Change-Up by 36% this weekend, adding $21 million to bring it to an estimated $76.2 million. Cowboys & Aliens, which just edged Smurfs last weekend in a tight race, was third with $15.7 million. That brings Cowboys up to $67.4 million. Rounding out the top five was week 3 of Captain America: The First Avenger at $13 million, which was just beaten by The Change-Up.

(1) Rise of the Planet of the Apes – $54 million
(2) The Smurfs (wk 2) – $21 million ($76.20 million overall)
(3) Cowboys & Aliens (wk 2) – $15.8 million ($67.36 million)
(4) The Change-Up – $13.5 million
(5) Captain America: The First Avenger (wk 3) – 13 million ($143.18 million)
(6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (wk 4) – $12.2 million ($342.80 million)
(7) Crazy, Stupid, Love (wk 2) – $12.1 million ($42.18 million)
(8) Friends with Benefits (wk 3) – $4.7 million ($48.53 million)
(9) Horrible Bosses (wk 4) – $4.6 million ($105.16 million)
(10) Transformers: Dark of the Moon (wk 5) – $3 million ($344.17 million)