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Aug 14, 2011 3:18 PM by Matt Stafford

'Apes' win again with $27.5M; 'Help' does $25.5M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rebellious apes have held off Southern maids for a narrow win at the weekend box office.

Studio estimates Sunday pegged "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at $27.5 million, good enough for its second-straight No. 1 finish. The movie raised its 10-day total to $104.9 million.

The "Planet of the Apes" prequel came in just ahead of "The Help," a drama about Mississippi maids during the civil-rights movement that debuted at No. 2 with $25.5 million. "The Help" has taken in $35.4 million since opening Wednesday.

Three other wide releases also opened: the horror tale "Final Destination 5" was No. 3 with $18.4 million; the action comedy "30 Minutes or Less" was No. 5 with $13 million; and "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" was No. 11 with $5.7 million.

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