The Rise of the Planet of the Apes took a hefty $27.5 million over the last two days, keeping it at the top of the box office for a second weekend running.

The Twentieth Century Fox prequel to the 1968 movie Planet of the Apes, about simians that take over the world, has made $104.9 million since it was released 10 days ago.

The movie dropped only 50 per cent at the domestic box office in its second frame, getting it to the $100 million mark.

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Chris Aronson, Fox’s senior vice president of distribution said: “We have a movie that is a broad, mainstream commercial hit.

"It’s remarkable to only drop 50 per cent and do $27.5 million worth of business, despite $60 million worth of new movies coming into the marketplace.”

The Help, released by DreamWorks and Participant Media, came in second, grossing $25.5 million over the weekend and $35.4 million in the five days since its release.

But Fox’s Glee: The 3D Concert Movie didn’t do so well, coming in at number 11 and making just $5.7 million.

Although the film’s budget was a relatively small $9 million, it was expected to do better considering the TV show’s popularity.