‘Apes’ hangs on to domestic box office lead

Nothing could stop angry apes from tearing through the domestic weekend box office as "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" took the lead with an estimated $27.5 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales plus $40.5 million internationally. The revival of the classic sci-fi franchise beat four new releases to hang on to the top ranking at U.S. and Canadian theaters for the second straight week, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. Civil Rights-era drama "The Help" finished a strong second with $25.5 million over three days, beating studio forecasts.

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