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Apes Claims Box Office Crown

Fox’s RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES climbed to the top of the U.S. box office for the weekend of Aug. 5-7, 2011.

Fox’s RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES climbed to the top of the U.S. box office for the weekend of Aug. 5-7, 2011. With vfx from Weta Digital, the franchise reboot earned $54.8 million.

Sony’s THE SMURFS stayed strong in second with a smurfy $20.7 million. With vfx from Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI), Framestore, Lola Visual Effects, Tippett Studio, Drac Studios, Illusion Industries, The Base Studio and The Third Floor, the family hit has brought in $75.9 million.

Universal’s COWBOYS & ALIENS galloped into third with $15.7 million. With vfx from Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Creature Effects, Halon Ent., Kerner Optical, Legacy Effects, Lidar Guys, Lightwave International and Shade VFX, the genre mash-up has roped $67.3 million to date.

Universal’s THE CHANGE-UP laughed up $13.5 million in fourth for its debut.

Paramount and Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER rescued $13.02 million in fifth. With vfx from Double Negative, 4DMax, Evil Eye Pictures, FB-FX, Framestore, Fuel VFX, Gradient Effects, Hydraulx, Lola Visual Effects, Luma Pictures, Matte World Digital, Peanut FX, The Senate Visual Effects, Stereo D, The Base Studio, The Third Floor and Whiskytree, the WWII superhero epic has earned $143.2 million thus far.

Warner Bros.' HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2, which is now the third highest grossing film of all-time internationally, added another $12.4 million to its U.S. cume of $343.1 million. Double Negative, Framestore, Moving Picture Company (MPC), Baseblack, Cinesite, Gener8 3D, Gradient Effects, Lola Visual Effects, Mova, Peanut FX, Prime Focus Film, Rising Sun Pictures, The Base Studio, Tippett Studio, Union Visual Effects, The Visual Effects Company and i.e. Effects provided the vfx.

Warner Bros.' romcom CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. placed seventh with $12 million. With vfx from Gravity Effects, the generational romcom has a cume of $42.1 million.

Screen Gems’ FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS added $4.69 million to its $48.5 million cume in eighth place.

In ninth, New Line’s HORRIBLE BOSSES brought in another $4.58 million, lifting its cume to $105.1 million.

Paramount and DreamWorks' TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON closed out the top ten with $3.09 million. With vfx from Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Digital Domain, Atomic Fiction, Kerner Optical, Method Studios, Mova, Prana Studios and Prime Focus, the global hit has brought in $344.2 million thus far.

Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.

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