Fri. Box Office: ‘Final Destination 5′ Dips 33% & ’30 Minutes’ Disappoints; ‘Apes’ Rules

Written by Michael Lambarde on Aug. 14, 2011

There were four new films that made their weekend debuts on Friday, but none of them were able to surpass week of two of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The only film that was able to get closest to it was Emma Stone’s The Help, but the former had a 6% advantage.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes drew an estimated $8.1 million in the Friday box office, which slots it at $84.47 million through eight days. The movie, with its $93 million budget, will far surpass the budget by the end of the weekend. The numbers are without a doubt good for Apes, but compared to the 2001 feature, Planet of the Apes, the former is down over 19%. Its predecessor had $104.72 million at this point eight days in.

The Help has garnered $17.5 million through three days in theaters, with $7.62 million coming just from the Friday numbers. Analysts predict that it will bring in about $25 million by the end of the weekend.

Final Destination 5 drew $7.34 million on Friday, down a massive 33% compared to the first night of the 2009 feature, The Final Destination. However, the latter movie was seen by many fans of the series as the worst movie of the franchise and that film was advertised to be the last film until they announced yet another.

The Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari starring action comedy 30 Minute or Less didn’t fare very well as the R-rated movie didn’t follow the trend of other similar-skewing rated movies, as it only bring in $4.85 million.

Week 3 of The Smurfs continued to do well, bringing in $3.8 million. The premiere of Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, a spin-off of the popular FOX television series, was able to bring $2.72 million this weekend.