It's going to be very tough for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" to hold on to the top spot for a second weekend in a row. "Apes" had a stellar debut and strong midweek numbers, but "The Help" and "Final Destination 5" are providing a potent challenge to the box office crown.
"Apes" won Friday with a $8.1 million day for $84.5 million so far. The critically acclaimed Sci-Fi flick should find $20-22 million for the weekend and come painfully close to crossing the $100 million mark.
In second place, "The Help" was just behind with $7.6 million and $17.5 million since debuting on Wednesday. Substantially shattering pre-release polling predictions, "The Help" is on its way to also selling $20-22 million of tickets over the 3-day.
Scaring audiences in the third slot was "Final Destination 5" with $7.3 million. One of the more review-friendly installments in the long-running franchise, "FD5" is looking at $18 million for the weekend. That's actually lower than what WB was hoping for and would be significantly less than "The Final Destination's" $27 million debut in 2009.
Beginning an exclusive two-week run, "Glee the 3D Concert Movie" made $2.75 million in just 2,440 theaters. Considering the higher ticket prices that has to be disappointing for 20th Century Fox. At best, "Glee" could belt out $7-8 million by end of day Sunday. That's even less than "The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience" which bombed with just $12.5 million in Feb. of 2009.
Look for final weekend estimates tomorrow on HitFix.