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Apes Need No Help To Stay Rising - Week 15

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Hangover 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Cars 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Help

Great Caesar's Ghost, the apes did it again by claiming the #1 spot at the box-office a second straight week. Maybe they were inspired by the 45th Anniversary of The Monkees or maybe it's the 4.5 million-th Anniversary of Lucy (that carbon dating thing always makes it difficult to celebrating these things), but folks were ready for some more simian action and not even James Franco's "human" acting was going to get in their way.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes crossed the $100 mark in just 10 days and its 49% drop indicates it should stick around well through August and sit pretty with a collection of films this season around the $175 million final tally. While the film itself certainly missed a iconic decry like Charlton Heston delivered in the first Planet of the Apes ("You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"), having Franco say something like that when his entire performance in the movie ranges from sedate to sleepy might have seemed a bit forced.

The Help didn't need any help in delivering a solid opening. The Scholastic Book Fair was alive and well in multiplexes as the film debuted to a $26 million weekend and has helped itself to $35.9 million since its Wednesday opening. While this is only slightly ahead of last year's $23 million for Eat Pray Love, that film cost almost twice as much to make and this one seems to have a much more solid critical and public appreciation. Given the upcoming competition of Fright Night, Conan the Barbarian, and Shark Night 3D, I think the core audience will still be favoring a ticket for this option… Though it's going to be close!

While Final Destination 5 did just well enough with $18 million to probably not be the "final" Final Destination film, it's almost $10 off from the opening of the last film in the series. However, wouldn't it be awesome if they made the next Final Destination start with a bunch of studio execs realizing that their latest movie bombed and they all should've died in the fall-out but they miraculously didn't… and then one by one they all start getting knocked-off. Now that's a million dollar idea! Or at least a $20 million opening. Whichever sounds better.

30 Minutes or Less emphasized the "less" part with a $13.3 million debut. Given its low budget, there shouldn't be many tears unless you were delivered the wrong pizza. In that case, there's not enough tears in the world.

I know the Glee cast has sung Don't Stop Believing more times than Journey at this point, but I think we're just enabling them if we let them keep believing they can release 3D concert movies and people are going to care. A $5.9 million start for Glee Live! 3D is the same as a $5.9 million end in this case.

At last, the inevitable has happened. HPVII Part II passed T:DOTM. After seven consistent performances, #8 had to go and break the mold. I wish I could Avada Kedavra Mr. Potter or something, but it's too late now. I made my bed with Michael Bay and now I have to lie in it. Yuck.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Harry Potter 7 Part II - $357.3 million
#2. Transformers 3 - $347.3 million
#3. Hangover 2 - $253 million
#4. Pirates 4 - $239 million
#5. Cars 2 - $186.2 million

This Week
It's like Reboot Weekend this weekend! I'm so excited I just can't stand it… so I'm just going to take nap and pass on all of them.

Fright Night was a fun 80's horror comedy back in the day, sort of in the vein of House (the movie, not the Hugh Laurie series). And you know who you want when you want to have some fun in a movie? Colin Farrell. Nothing says party like that guy! And who do they cast in the classic Roddy McDowall role of way-past-his-prime horror movie hero Peter Vincent? Some guy who's my age! What the crap?! Roddy was like in his 60's when he did the first Fright Night. Look, I don't care if you change the race or gender of indelible characters, but don't you dare make the "old guy" my age. Unacceptable!

Conan The Barbarian returns without The Governator anywhere in sight. There's more B in this movie than The Swarm. Maybe this could at least have some of the fun element that's been missing from most of our overly-serious summer movies (like with Priest and Cowboys & Aliens, films that could've used a little, "Yeah, this is dumb. Just go with it" know-how), yet I'm guessing these guys didn't figure that out either.

Just when I thought I'd successfully avoided having to have any of the Spy Kids films out in the theaters when my kids would actually care to see them, they have to come out with a fourth film that promises AromaVision. What, Robert Rodriguez, you didn't kill us enough with last year's Machette? You have to give us a card with wet dog smell and we're supposed to thank you for that? Naturally, I'm taking my kids camping this weekend and praying this film will be out of theaters already by the time I return so I can just says, "Oops, sorry, guys. We missed it. Bummer."

One Day also opens and one day I hope to actually read the synopsis for this film… but today is not that day.

by Matt Neuenburg on 08/15/2011

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Cars 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Hangover 2, The Help, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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