We’re going to start out with a little movie financial news with the box office report, and then we’ll get some of the news and rumors at the bottom of the article, followed by a quick informative two-click poll for you to help us better serve you!

Financials

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES held on to the top spot in the box office this past weekend, with its $27.8 M gross revenue representing enough earnings to stay $1.8 M above THE HELP and $9.8 M above FINAL DESTINATION 5, both of which debuted this week. APES relied a bit on the fact that it was in 1157 more theaters than THE HELP, which had a higher per-theater average by $2500. The Emma Stone film had the highest per-theater average by far out of any film in the top 40. APES was the only other film to surpass $6000 (at $7500, with THE HELP surpassing $10k).

Total earnings for the Top 5 films this week hovered around $100 M combined, which is down about $8 M from the previous weekend and down $38 M from the final weekend of July.

Here’s the breakdown of the Top 10 from this past weekend:

1. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES ($27.8 M)

2. The Help ($26 M)

3. Final Destination 5 ($18 M)

4. The Smurfs ($13.7 M)

5. 30 Minutes Or Less ($13.3 M)

6. Cowboys & Aliens ($7.8 M)

7. Harry Potter 7 part II ($7.25 M)

8. CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger ($7.2 M)

9. Crazy, Stupid, Love ($7 M)

10. The Change-Up ($6.3 M)

It looks like The Change-Up has struck out (there’s a witty baseball analogy in there somewhere). After a very weak opening weekend and a sharp decline in its second week, it’s at the bottom of the top 10 this week and still has yet to hit the halfway point in trying to recover its budget of $52 M. Considering that Final Destination 5 had a budget of $40 M, The Help only cost $25 M and Crazy, Stupid, Love cost $50 M, it would appear that someone made a poor decision somewhere when making the film and should CHANGE-UP their decision-making process.

Can I just say how glad I am that GLEE THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE didn’t make it into the top 10 in its opening weekend? I don’t care that it only took $9 M to make and has already recovered 2/3 of that, I just grow weary of hearing all the clamoring over that show.

source: BoxOfficeMojo.com

Non-Financials

Anyone who was worried/dismayed/sickened/outraged upon hearing that Bradley Cooper was set to take the title role in the upcoming remake of THE CROW, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Heat Vision is reporting that Cooper has exited the project.

Despite other reports that it’s a done deal, apparently Mike Myers is only in talks to do a fourth Austin Powers film, according to Deadline. They’re reporting that New Line offered Mike Myers a deal for the film “six months to a year ago” but haven’t heard back.

Because it’s about The Muppets, it’s movie news. Because it involves Weezer, it makes it awesome. Apparently to go along with the upcoming film, an album is being released where popular artists cover Muppets-related songs, including Weezer covering “Rainbow Connection”. You can listen to the album at NPR‘s site.

Ben Stiller is working on a new Red Hour Digital project which is said to include “at least 12 short trailer parodies” along the lines of what he created for TROPIC THUNDER. The online distributor has yet to be determined. (source: Deadline)

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