Rebellious apes have held off southern maids for a narrow win at the weekend US cinema box office.
Studio estimates pegged 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' at $27.5m (€19.2m), good enough for its second-straight top finish.
The 20th Century Fox release raised its 10-day domestic total to $104.9m (€73.3m).
The 'Planet of the Apes' prequel came in just ahead of 'The Help', a drama about black maids in Mississippi during the civil-rights movement that debuted at number two with $25.5m (€17.8m).
'The Help', a DreamWorks release distributed by Disney, has taken in $35.4m (€24.75m) domestically since opening on Wednesday.
The Warner Bros horror sequel 'Final Destination 5', the latest in the franchise where death stalks victims who had been fated to die earlier, opened at number three with $18.4m (€12.85m).