Apes film tops US box office

Sci-fi movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes hung on to the top spot at the weekend box office for the second week in a row, according to studio estimates. The revival of the Planet of the Apes franchise pulled in an estimated $27.5m (£16.9m) at US and Canadian theatres over three days, distributor 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp, said. Civil Rights-era drama The Help finished a strong second with $25.5m in domestic ticket sales over three days. Horror flick Final Destination 5 landed in third place with $18.4m.