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Hit: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' conquers the box office

Prognosticators at summer's beginning claimed this would be the summer of the superhero. But as summer draws to a close, many will no doubt call it the summer of the simian. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" opened on Aug. 5 to little fanfare. It's the second attempt to revive 20th Century Fox's long-dormant "Planet of the Apes" franchise, and few expected much creatively from it. But somehow it proceeded to become one of the biggest and best-reviewed hits of the blockbuster movie season. Here's hoping for a follow-up with an even longer title. "Return of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes," anyone? WETA / Twentieth Century Fox
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