"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" climbed to the top of the box office this weekend with the movie banking $54 million.
Trailing behind in second and third place were 'The Smurfs" at $21 million and "Cowboys & Aliens" at $15.7 million.
The reboot of the original 1970s "Planet of the Apes" movie franchise is set in modern day San Francisco and tells the tale of how a scientific experiment gives rise to an intelligent breed of primates.
For those who assume the film is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to promote evolution - Plugged-In Online movie critic Bob Hoose says guess again.
"Lots of folks figure the Apes franchise is all about evolution," Hoose writes. "This film definitively isn't. It's actually more like Captain America … with monkeys."
Focus on the Family film critic Bob Waliszewski talks more about this film and others on the CBN News Channels Midday News, Aug. 5.