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Sunday Update: Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was off to a strong start this weekend with an estimated $73.0 million. The 3D sci-fi action sequel opened ahead of its lofty pre-release expectations and an impressive 33 percent stronger than the $54.81 million debut of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was helped out by a number of factors this weekend, including very strong critical reviews, the already strong reception to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a relatively empty marketplace for the middle of July and the added advantage of higher priced 3D admissions (which Rise of the Planet of the Apes didn't have).

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened with $27.73 million on Friday (which included an estimated $4.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $25.500 million and is estimated to decline 22.5 percent on Sunday to gross $19.78 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at an encouraging 2.63 to 1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes received a solid A- rating on CinemaScore, which is also an encouraging sign. Going forward, the film will hope to follow in the footsteps of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which held up very nicely back in 2011 (that film registered a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.23 to 1).

After topping the box office for the past two weeks; Transformers: Age of Extinction fell to second this weekend with an estimated $16.5 million. The fourth installment of Paramount's blockbuster sci-fi action franchise fell a sharp 55 percent, as it took a clear hit from the arrival of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in the marketplace this weekend. Transformers: Age of Extinction surpassed the $200 million mark this weekend and has grossed $209.03 million through 17 days of release. While that is in line with the lower end of expectations, it also places the film a significant 27 percent behind the $287.87 million 17-day take of 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Warner's Tammy was down one spot from last weekend to claim third with an estimated $12.91 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicle was down a solid 40 percent, though it should also be noted that last weekend's performance was deflated a bit by the film's Wednesday opening. Tammy continues to perform well (especially with its modest price tag in mind) with a twelve-day take of $57.35 million. That places the film 38 percent behind the $92.64 million twelve-day take of last year's The Heat. Tammy will face new direct competition next weekend when Sony releases fellow comedy Sex Tape on Friday.

High-profile holdovers 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 claimed fourth and fifth place this weekend with respective estimated takes of $6.7 million and $5.87 million. Sony's 22 Jump Street was down just 32 percent from last weekend, while Fox's How to Train Your Dragon 2 fell 35 percent. Both films were aided this weekend by the overall marketplace being slow by usual mid-July standards. Respective 31-day totals stand at an impressive $171.96 million for 22 Jump Street and an underwhelming $152.07 million for How to Train Your Dragon 2.

In their second weekend of release, Relativity's Earth to Echo and Sony's Deliver Us from Evil placed in sixth and seventh respectively with $5.5 million and $4.7 million. Earth to Echo was down a healthy 34 percent from last weekend, while Deliver Us from Evil was down an underwhelming 52 percent. Respective twelve-day totals stand at a respectable $24.59 million for Earth to Echo and at a softer than expected $25.00 million for Deliver Us from Evil.

Upon expanding into moderate release, The Weinstein Company's Begin Again placed in ninth with an estimated $2.94 million. The John Carney directed film starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo averaged a respectable $3,126 for the frame from 939 locations. The 17-day total for Begin Again stands at $5.29 million.

On the platform front, IFC Films' Boyhood was off to a strong start with an estimated $359,000 from five locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the critically acclaimed Richard Linklater directed film an impressive per-location average of $71,800. That represented the second highest per-screen average of 2014 thus far for a platform launch (behind only The Grand Budapest Hotel). Boyhood will expand into additional locations next weekend.

Saturday Update: Fox reports that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes amassed $27.7 million on Friday, including late Thursday night's $4.1 million take. BoxOffice projects the sequel will tally an impressive $70 million this weekend, handily topping Rise of the Planet of the Apes' $54.8 million debut three summers ago.

Early word of mouth appears very strong with a 93 percent Flixster user score, as well as a 90 percent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics. Since the start of summer, only fellow Fox release X-Men: Days of Future Past has posted a higher Flixster score on the day following release. Fox's The Fault In Our Stars also boasted a 93 percent vote.

Meanwhile, Transformers: Age of Extinction handed off the top spot to Apes as the former added $4.8 million for its third Friday. Extinction's domestic total now stands at $197.4 million and will cross the $200 million threshold early Saturday.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update: Sources tell BoxOffice that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is eyeing an opening day around the $25 million mark. If that holds, the well-reviewed sequel could hit $65 million for the weekend.

Check back Saturday morning for official studio estimates for Friday and early weekend projections.

Previously: According to Fox, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes grabbed $4.1 million from Thursday evening shows.

By comparison, Fox's The Wolverine took in $4.0 million last July before heading toward a $53.1 million opening weekend, while this year's Maleficent posted $4.2 million on Thursday ahead of a $69.4 million weekend.

For reference, Rise of the Planet of the Apes took in $1.4 million from midnight-only shows three years ago, but its nature as a reboot without the increased anticipation of Dawn skews any comparisons between pre-Friday numbers.

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Transformers_4-3.jpgThe Transformers won’t let up their command of the global box office. The fourth installment of the action franchise added $102 million overseas to surpass the half-billion mark outside of North America after just three weekends. The worldwide cume for Transformers: Age of Extinction is now $543.5 million. The film continues to thrive in IMAX, where it has grossed $68 million worldwide.

The new Transformers film posted the biggest opening weekend of 2014 while recording a franchise-record $20.4 million bow in the UK. China continues to lead the hold-overs with another $25 million frame. The latest Transformers film is the highest-grossing foreign film of all time in China with $262.2 million.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is flying just under the $200 million mark overseas. The animated sequel added $34.4 million to its coffers over the weekend, just a step shy of a major milestone with $199 million from 62 markets. The film has grossed $350.9 million worldwide.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was unleashed in 26 markets and grossed $31.1 million from 4,903 screens. The film took the #1 spot in 14 of those markets, including an $11.4 million debut from 910 screens in South Korea. Other tope performing bows include Australia ($6.6m), India, ($2M), and Malaysia ($1.9 M). The film expands to 29 more markets next weekend, including key openings in Russia and the UK. The latest Apes begins its global roll-out with an $104.1 million global cume.

Disney has retained the #1 spot in Japan for 18 consecutive weekends. The studio took the first 16 in the country through the miracle run of Frozen in the market, with the latest two frames being dominated by Maleficent. The live-action film added $13.4 million from 45 territories over the weekend, bringing its overseas cume up to $447 million. Maleficent has grossed $668.9 million worldwide. Top markets for the film include China ($46M), Mexico ($45.2M), Russia ($37.2M), Brazil ($31.1M), and the UK ($30.2M).

The Fault in our Stars earned $7.8 million from 44 markets to raise its overseas total to $118.4 million. The drama has grossed $237.9 million worldwide.

22 Jump Street jumped to an overseas cume of $81.7 million after adding $6.3 million from 37 territories this weekend. The comedy has grossed $253.6 million worldwide.

Edge of Tomorrow found another $3.9 million this weekend from 60 markets. The sci-fi flick starring Tom Cruise is now up to $256 outside of North America and $350.5 million worldwide. Top markets for the film include China ($63.6M), South Korea ($37.8M), and Russia ($21M).

Blended grossed $3.7 million from 53 markets to take its overseas cume up to $48.8 million. The comedy has grossed a total of $93.1 million worldwide.

X-Men: Days of Future Past crossed the $500 million mark overseas this weekend. The film earned $2.6 million from 26 markets in its latest frame and has now grossed $733.4 million worldwide.

Rio 2 added $2.6 million from 9 markets to its overseas haul. The film has now grossed $360 million outside of North America and $489.6 million worldwide.

A Million Ways to Die in the West collected another $2.5 million from 35 territories to reach an overseas cume of $39.5 million. The Western comedy has grossed $81.9 million worldwide.

Neighbors crossed the $250 million mark worldwide after adding $1.8 million from 31 overseas territories this weekend. The comedy has grossed a total of $103.2 million outside of North America with seven more territories scheduled to open over the next few months. Neighbors has grossed $251.8 million worldwide.

Jersey Boys continues to struggle at the box office. The musical directed by Clint Eastwood added $1.75 million from 15 territories to reach a $10 million cume overseas. The film has grossed $51.7 million worldwide.

Deliver Us from Evil earned $1.4 million from 22 territories, raising its overseas total to $4.7 million. The horror film has grossed $29.7 million worldwide.

 

 

 

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By Daniel Garris

In what should be its last day at the top of the daily box office, Transformers: Age of Extinction led the way on Thursday with $3.45 million. The fourth installment of Paramount's blockbuster sci-fi action franchise was down 6 percent from Wednesday and down 64 percent from last Thursday's inflated July 3rd performance. Wide releases declined a bit in general yesterday due in part to Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes entering the marketplace on Thursday evening. Transformers: Age of Extinction was the week's top film with a weekly haul of $54.19 million. That was down 61 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $192.53 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to perform in line with its lofty expectations, but is running a sizable 29.5 percent behind the $273.01 million 14-day take of 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Warner's Tammy held steady in second place with $2.45 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicle fell 4 percent from Wednesday and 56 percent from last Thursday. Tammy took second place for the week with $32.71 million and has grossed a very solid $44.44 million in nine days (especially with its modest price tag in mind). Tammy is currently running 44 percent behind the $79.39 million nine-day start of last year's The Heat (which opened on a Friday).

It continued to be a very tight race for places third through sixth on Thursday, with only $325,235 separating third place from sixth place. How to Train Your Dragon 2 took in $1.33 million to remain in third. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in fourth for the week with $14.95 million. That represented a 34 percent decline and brings the film's four-week total to $146.20 million.

Sony's 22 Jump Street finished very closely behind in fourth with $1.32 million. The successful action comedy sequel trailed How to Train Your Dragon 2 by a very slim $6,956 for the day. 22 Jump Street was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 47 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in third for the week with $15.79 million. That was a 37 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's 28-day total to an impressive $165.26 million.

Earth to Echo rounded out the day's top five with $1.26 million. The adventure family film from Relativity fell 3 percent from Wednesday and 51 percent from last Thursday. Earth to Echo placed in sixth for the week with $13.89 million and has grossed a respectable $19.10 million in nine days, due in part to relatively stronger midweek business than weekend business thus far.

Sony's Deliver Us from Evil claimed sixth place with $1.00 million. The crime horror film starring Eric Bana was down 9 percent from Wednesday and down 62 percent from last Thursday. Deliver Us from Evil took fifth place for the week with $14.79 million and has grossed a softer than expected $20.30 million through nine days.

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jul4.pngParamount reports that Transformers: Age of Extinction added $3.68 million on Wednesday, down 52 percent from the same day last week. The sequel has tallied $189.1 million domestically through 13 days of release, 29 percent behind the pace of Transformers: Dark of the Moon and 10 percent ahead of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Warner Bros.' Tammy posted $2.55 million yesterday, off 59 percent from its opening day one week prior. The comedy has earned $42 million through 8 days of release, 14 percent behind where We're the Millers stood at the same point.

Sony's Deliver Us From Evil took in $1.1 million on Wednesday for a 61 percent week-to-week drop from opening day. The horror's 8-day cume is $19.3 million.

Relativity reports that Earth to Echo pulled $1.3 million yesterday, down 51 percent from opening day last Wednesday. The adventure flick has earned $17.8 million to date.

Meanwhile, 22 Jump Street continues to hold up well as it eased 30 percent from last Wednesday to $1.4 million yesterday--giving it a new domestic total of $163.9 million. How to Train Your Dragon 2 added $1.38 million for a solid 30 percent week-to-week drop and a new $144.9 million domestic cume.

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