Box Office Update: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Opening Weekend Rises to $54.8 Mil

The 20th Century Fox reboot is the domestic box office’s fourth largest August opening of all time.

The apes continue to defy expectations.

Final domestic box office numbers show 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes grossing more for the weekend at than estimated on Sunday--$54.8 million, versus $54 million.

That means Rise of the Apes has narrowly edged past Paramount’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra to score the fourth best August opening of all time at the domestic box office.

Universal’s The Bourne Ultimatum is No. 1 ($69.3 million), followed by Rush Hour 2 ($67.4 million) and Signs ($60.1 million).

Directed by Rupert Wyatt and the first title from Chernin Entertainment, Rise of the Apes is one the summer’s biggest box office surprises, and nearly matched the $55.1 million opening of X-Men: First Class, Fox’s other 2011 summer tentpole.

Overseas, Rise of the Apes is off to an equally strong start, grossing $23.8 million as it rolled out in 25 territories, of which only four were major markets—Australia, Spain, Russia and Taiwan. This puts the movie’s worldwide opening at $78.6 million.

The $93 million pic was co-financed by Fox, Dune Entertainment and Ingenious.