Box Office: The Apes Continue to Rise. Just Barely.

You can’t stop the rising of the apes. That’s right, Emma Stone, even your period, inspirational drama “The Help” featuring your cute, adorable self couldn’t unseat Caesar and his brood of revolutionary primates. In its second week, Fox’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” took the top spot for the second week in a roll, pulling in a studio estimated $27.5 million, just enough to edge out Dreamworks’ chick flick “The Help”, which opened strong with $25.5 million.

For the year, “Apes” has earned $104 million domestically and $179 million worldwide thanks to outstanding reviews and great word of mouth. If you’re keeping track at home, that means the film has already recoup its $93 million dollar production budget, and is scheduled to pull in all profits from this point on. So let me get this straight: Rupert Wyatt can make a seamless looking sci-fi movie with an outstanding cast featuring a ton of CGI apes for less than $100 million, but Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer need $250 million to make a Western? Oh, Hollywood, you’re incorrigible.

Over in redundant horror movie sequel land, redundant horror sequel “Final Destination 5” opened in third place with $18.4 million. That’s not bad, but it’s lower than last year’s part 4, which opened to $27 million, and just a shade less than part 3, which opened with $19.1 million. On the plus side, it beat out parts 1 and 2, so that’s something. And at least it did better than Ruben Fleischer’s “30 Minutes or Less”, the director’s follow-up to his surprise hit “Zombieland” from last year. The comedy, starring Jesse Eisenberg and a gaggle of comedians, opened with $13 million, good enough for fifth place. It lost out on the fourth spot to “The Smurfs”, which beat the comedy out by $500,000, give or take.

Meanwhile, proving that there is no audience for shitty TV shows, Fox’s theatrical “Glee The 3D Concert Movie” opened in 11th place with $5.7 million. Now if only TV audiences would follow suit and ignore this show on TV, too…