Director Rupert Wyatt’s reboot of the Planet of the Apes movie franchise managed to net $14,803 per theater in which the film was screened, according to ComingSoon.net. Not including marketing costs, Rise of the Planet of the Apes cost $93 million to make.
Planet of the Apes‘ strong debut was followed by an impressive second week for The Smurfs, which took the second-place spot at the box office. Cowboys & Aliens fell to the third spot after edging out The Smurfs last weekend.
It’s worth noting that The Smurfs has now earned more than Cowboys & Aliens, pulling in $129 million worldwide compared to $67.4 million for Cowboys & Aliens.
The body-switching comedy The Change-Up premiered in fourth place with a $13.5 million haul. The film cost $52 million to make, and averaged $4,635 per theater in its opening weekend.
Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger managed to stick around for another week in the box-office charts, popping in as the fifth highest-grossing film of the weekend. The lead-up to next year’s superhero team-up film The Avengers has grossed more than $246.2 million worldwide so far.