Fox's Rise of the Planet of the Apes grossed $6.65 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth straight day. The well received reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise fell 58 percent from Sunday. In comparison, the similarly targeted Captain America: The First Avenger and Cowboys & Aliens fell 55 percent and 57 percent respectively on their first Mondays. However, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is at a bit of a disadvantage in the comparison as summer midweek grosses begin to slow down as we move further and further into August. Rise of the Planet of the Apes topped the $60 million mark yesterday and has smashed expectations thus far with a four-day start of $61.46 million. The film will have a good chance of holding up well going forward thanks to strong word of mouth and the lack of surefire blockbuster fare on the rest of the schedule for August.
The Smurfs held steady in second place with $2.89 million. The computer animated, live-action hybrid from Sony fell 57 percent from Sunday and a respectable 42 percent from last Monday. The Smurfs continues to exceed expectations with an eleven-day take of $78.79 million and is set to top the $80 million mark today. The film is currently running 14 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's G-Force.
Warner's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II was up one spot from Sunday to take fourth on Monday with $1.80 million. The final chapter of the blockbuster fantasy series was down 46 percent from last Monday and could hold up well throughout the midweek this week in days before it loses 3D screens to fellow Warner release Final Destination 5 and Fox's Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. Yesterday saw Deathly Hallows: Part II overtake Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon to become the year's highest grossing domestic release. The 25-day total for Deathly Hallows: Part II stands at $344.89 million.
Cowboys & Aliens claimed fourth place with $1.75 million. The sci-fi western starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford was down 63 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 59 percent from last Monday. With the film skewing heavily towards older moviegoers, Cowboys & Aliens is performing far stronger on weekends than on weekdays. The film's eleven-day total stands at an underwhelming $69.10 million.
Fellow Universal release The Change-Up landed all the way down in seventh with $1.63 million. The R-rated comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman has already fallen behind Warner's Crazy, Stupid, Love in the daily rankings. The Change-Up fell 57 percent from Sunday and has grossed a disappointing $15.16 million through four days of release.
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