'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' tops weekend box office

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Actress Freida Pinto arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California July 28, 2011.

Fans went “Ape” at the box office this weekend. Here's the tally of the past week’s most popular movies.

Ten years ago, movie fans showed they were still fascinated by the antics of a society of intelligent warrior apes when Tim Burton’s remake of “Plant of The Apes” debuted and grossed $68.5 million in its opening weekend.

This weekend’s premier of the prequel “Rise of The Planet of The Apes” grabbed $54 million in ticket sales for Fox to take the top spot.

“The Smurfs,” those dwarf-like cartoon characters in blue, managed to retain second place in its second week, earning $21 million for Sony/Columbia.

Universal’s sci-fi Western “Cowboys & Aliens” fell precipitously from first to third place, grossing $15.8 million. “Change-Up”, Universal’s new body-switching comedy, debuted in fourth place with $13.5 million.

Rounding out the top five, superhero “Captain America: The First Avenger” captured $13 million for Paramount.

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