‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ dominates US Box Office

'Harry Potter' continues to climb the all-time top 10

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes opened in the Number One spot at the US box office this weekend.

The latest instalment of the Planet of the Apes series, starring James Franco, opened to figures of approximately $54 million (£32.8 million).

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes sets itself up as a prequel to the original films, in which we learn how the simians evolved to take over Earth.

Despite more positive word of mouth, and less critical derision, than the Mark Wahlberg/ Tim Burton ‘re-imagining’ of 2001, the new Apes film fell a fraction short of it’s predecessor’s $68.5m (£41.7m) opening.

Elsewhere in the US charts, The Change-Up, a starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, opened with a poor, $13.5million (£8.2million).

The bodyswap comedy opened fourth, failing to overtake last weeks chart-toppers The Smurfs and Cowboys And Aliens.

On the international charts, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part Two has now become the third highest grossing film of all time with sales of $1.3 billion. It is the most successful film not to be directed by James Cameron.

Next week sees the US release of Final Destination 5. For more box office stats and figures check out Box Office Mojo.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes opens in the UK on Friday (August 12).