The simians finally fell to second on the evolutionary ladder this past weekend as ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ took in another $16.3 million behind ‘The Help’s $20.4 million.

Four new films debuted this past weekend and all failed to open within expectations. Director Robert Rodriquez’ poorly reviewed ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’ opened with just $12 million. This was the lowest opening yet for the kid franchise.  The big budget reboot of ‘Conan the Barbarian’ just barely beat the almost 30 year-old openings of 1982’s ‘Conan the Barbarian’ ($9.6m) and 1984’s ‘Conan the Destroyer’ ($6.9m). Like ‘Conan’, the ‘Fright Night’ (2011) reboot took in $7.9 million barely beating its 1982 original ($6.1m).

‘Final Destination 5’ dropped to 7th taking in an additional $7.7 million. Dropping to 11th, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ took in another $4.4 million domestically,  bringing it’s worldwide box office to be about equal to the GDP of many small countries. ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ continues its slow movement towards towards $100 million taking in another $4.1 million domestically.

1. ‘The Help’    $20.4 million
2. ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ $16.3 million
3. ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’$12 million
4. ‘Conan the Barbarian (2011)’  $10 million
5. ‘The Smurfs’    $8 million
6. ‘Fright Night (2011)’  $7.9 million
7. ‘Final Destination 5′  $7.7 million
8. ’30 Minutes or Less’   $6.3 million
9. ‘One Day’    $5.1 million
10. ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love  $4.9 million
11. ‘Harry Potter & TDH Part 2’  $4.4 million
12. ‘Cowboys & Aliens’   $4.1 million