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Apes rules US box office; Fox epic opens on $69.6m

20th Century Fox breathed a sigh of relief as its great summer hope Planet Of The Apes opened to out-of-this-world box office results, taking an estimated $69.56m over the Friday to Sunday weekend which is the second highest opening, the highest non-sequel opening and the highest non-holiday weekend opening of all time. On Friday alone, the film took $25.1m, a record for a Friday, although second to the Wednesday opening day total of Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace ...

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