The Debt, an espionage thriller starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, brought in $12.5 million in its opening weekend. Apollo 18 and Shark Night 3D, which also opened this weekend, followed with $10.7 and $10.3 million, respectively.
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In the No. 5 spot was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The film starring James Franco and Freida Pinto made $10.2 million and has grossed $162.4 million overall.
Rounding out the top 10: Colombiana (No. 6, $9.4 million); Our Idiot Brother (No. 7, $7 million); Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (No. 8, $6.6 million); Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (No. 9, $6.1 million); The Smurfs (No. 10, $5.6 million).