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'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' hangs on to top spot with $27.5M

A scene from the 2011 film 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.' (Courtesy of Chernin Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox)

August 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" ruled the box office for a second straight week with $27.5 million, raising its 10-day domestic total to $104.9 million.

The "Apes" prequel was just ahead of the civil rights drama "The Help," which debuted at $25.5 million.

In the third spot was "Final Destination 5," the latest in the franchise where death stalks victims who had been fated to die earlier, with more than $18 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," $27.5 million ($40.5 million international).
2. "The Help," $25.5 million.
3. "Final Destination 5," $18.4 million.
4. "The Smurfs," $13.5 million ($60 million international).
5. "30 Minutes or Less," $13 million.
6. "Cowboys & Aliens," $7.6 million ($7 million international).
7. "Captain America: The First Avenger," $7.1 million ($12.2 million international).
8. "Crazy, Stupid, Love," $6.93 million.
9. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," $6.9 million ($30 million international).
10. "The Change-Up," $6.2 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.