So now on to the box office, which was surging this weekend. I'll be getting to my thoughts on Rise of the Planet of the Apes soon enough, and though I'm not quite ecstatic about it, it is better than the film that debuted in this frame last year, The Other Guys. I was surprised by how well the film played with audiences, and should continue to play in the coming weeks of the summer. With little competition in its way, it could have stood out as a sleeper hit if the opening wasn't so great. It still could stick out in that way, but that's for next weekend to tell.
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 came dangerously close to passing Transformers this weekend as the highest grossing pic of the year. It should go all the way before the week is out. In summation, if this is the end of the blockbuster summer, it does go out with more of a bang than a whimper.
2. The Smurfs (Second Weekend; $21 million)
3. Cowboys and Aliens (Second Weekend; $15.7 million)
4. The Change-Up (First Weekend; $13.5 million)
5. Captain America (Third Weekend; $13 million)
6. Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Fourth Weekend; $12.2 million)
7. Crazy, Stupid, Love (Second Weekend; $12.1 million)
8. Friends with Benefits (Third Weekend; $4.7 million)
9. Horrible Bosses (Fifth Weekend; $4.6 million)10. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Sixth Weekend; $3 million)