Belfast Telegraph

Apes keep top spot at box office

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes has had a narrow win at the weekend US cinema box office.

Studio estimates pegged the film, starring James Franco, at 27.5 million US dollars, good enough for its second-straight top finish.

The 20th Century Fox release raised its 10-day domestic total to 104.9 million dollars.

The Planet Of The Apes prequel came in just ahead of The Help, a drama about black maids in Mississippi during the civil-rights movement that entered at number two with 25.5 million dollars.

The Help, a DreamWorks release distributed by Disney, has taken in 35.4 million dollars domestically since opening on Wednesday.

The Warner Bros horror sequel Final Destination 5, the latest in the franchise where death stalks victims who had been fated to die earlier, opened at number three with 18.4 million dollars.

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