Grosses

With $36.25M 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Holds off 'The Purge: Anarchy' ($29.8M), 'Planes: Fire and Rescue' ($17.5M) and 'Sex Tape' ($14.6M)July 21, 2014 12:48 PM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held onto first place this weekend with $36.25 million. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was down 50 percent from last weekend, which represented a very healthy second weekend hold for a blockbuster level film in the middle of summer. The film's second weekend hold was quite similar to the 49 percent 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes fell when it grossed $27.83 million during its second weekend of release. With a ten-day start of $139.21 million, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is running an impressive 32 percent ahead of the $105.21 million ten-day take of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This weekend's hold is a strong sign for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes going forward, though the film will also soon be facing more direct competition from the likes of Universal's Lucy, Paramount's Hercules and Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy.

Universal's The Purge: Anarchy was easily the strongest of the weekend's three new wide releases, with a second place take of $29.82 million. The sequel to last year's break-out horror film debuted in line with expectations. However, the film did open 12 percent below the $34.06 million debut of The Purge. The Purge: Anarchy took in $13.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.6 million from Thursday night shows), fell 27 percent on Saturday to gross $9.51 million and fell just 23 percent on Sunday to take in $7.29 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.29 to 1, which represented a bit less initial front-loading than the 2.03 to 1 ratio registered by The Purge. The Purge: Anarchy will hope to hold up a bit better than The Purge did, in part from not having to face competition from the likes of Man of Steel and World War Z. The Purge: Anarchy received a solid B rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film skewed slightly towards female moviegoers (52 percent) and towards moviegoers under the age of 25 (61 percent).

Planes: Fire and Rescue debuted in third with $17.51 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated sequel from Disney opened slightly below pre-release expectations and 21 percent below the $22.23 million debut of Planes last summer. While this summer has had a relatively limited amount of choices for family audiences, Planes: Fire and Rescue may have failed to have capitalized from the fairly empty family marketplace due in part to arriving in theatres so soon after its predecessor. Planes: Fire and Rescue opened with $6.37 million on Friday, increased 4 percent on Saturday to take in $6.61 million and fell 31 percent on Sunday to gross $4.53 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.75 to 1. Planes: Fire and Rescue received a strong A rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film was split evenly between genders and skewed towards moviegoers 25 years and younger (59 percent). Family audiences represented 78 percent of the film's overall audience.

Sony's Sex Tape debuted in fourth with a significantly poorer than expected $14.61 million. The R-rated comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel opened a disappointing 54 percent softer than the $31.60 million start of 2011's Bad Teacher. Sex Tape appears to have been hurt from both its poor critical reviews and from arriving in the marketplace on the heels of a number of successful comedies over the past few months (The Other Woman, Neighbors, 22 Jump Street and Tammy). Sex Tape opened with $5.67 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from Thursday night shows), fell 7 percent on Saturday to gross $5.28 million and declined 31 percent on Sunday to gross $3.66 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.58 to 1. While Sex Tape could be helped out going forward by the lack of new comedies entering the marketplace over the next few weeks, its troubling C+ rating on CinemaScore isn't a good early sign. The audience breakdown for Sex Tape skewed slightly towards female moviegoers (53 percent) and moviegoers 30 years and over (52 percent).

Transformers: Age of Extinction rounded out the weekend's top five with $9.85 million. The fourth installment of Paramount's blockbuster sci-fi action franchise finally stabilized this weekend, as it was down a solid 40 percent. Transformers: Age of Extinction has grossed $227.00 million through 24 days of release. While that already makes the film one of the year's highest grossing releases thus far domestically, it is also a significant 28.5 percent softer than the $317.37 million 24-day take of 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Warner's Tammy placed in sixth with $7.40 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicle was down a solid 41 percent and was likely helped out a bit this weekend by the poorer than expected start of Sex Tape. Tammy has grossed a very solid $71.05 million in 19 days, which already gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.29 to 1.

On the platform front, IFC Films' Boyhood maintained momentum nicely this weekend by taking in $1.17 million from 34 locations. That gave the film a strong per-location average of $34,418 for the frame and represented a 202 percent increase over last weekend's five-location start. Boyhood has grossed a strong $1.79 million in ten days of platform release and will expand into additional locations next weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 6 - Sun, Aug. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$35,543,162--3,651--$9,735$35,543,1621Sony / Columbia
2Inception$18,505,470-33%3,418-127$5,414$227,637,5694Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$15,812,311--2,435--$6,494$15,812,3111Disney
4Salt$10,908,204-44%3,317-295$3,289$91,788,3453Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$10,375,397-56%3,00493$3,454$46,620,9492Paramount / DreamWorks
6Despicable Me$9,283,360-40%3,413-189$2,720$209,287,3455Universal
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$6,902,116-44%3,7050$1,863$26,428,2662Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$4,700,490-62%2,7257$1,725$23,496,6202Universal
9Toy Story 3$3,119,088-39%1,714-391$1,820$396,387,3428Disney
10Grown Ups$2,407,379-47%1,769-500$1,361$155,670,6037Sony / Columbia
11The Sorcerer's Apprentice$2,361,228-47%1,766-758$1,337$57,062,8454Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,290,262-43%1,704-630$1,344$293,101,8706Summit
13Ramona and Beezus$1,617,123-56%1,478-1241$1,094$21,068,7833Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$2,597,177-26%994147$2,613$14,040,1825Focus
2The Last Airbender$704,653-61%639-599$1,103$128,971,0206Paramount
3The Karate Kid (2010)$612,6923%442-19$1,386$173,883,7029Sony / Columbia
4The Girl Who Played With Fire$471,459-13%1784$2,649$4,562,8225Music Box
5Predators$443,645-59%454-419$977$50,497,6435Fox
6Shrek Forever After$434,225-24%308-22$1,410$236,554,02512Paramount / DreamWorks
7Middle Men$325,641--252--$1,292$325,6411Paramount
8Knight and Day$310,745-56%336-495$925$74,855,0467Fox
9Winter's Bone$296,753-4%1412$2,105$4,479,0039Roadside Attractions
10I Am Love$198,874-4%113-12$1,760$3,935,0158Magnolia
11Iron Man 2$193,515-36%224-62$864$311,806,18114Paramount
12The A-Team$190,099-28%241-41$789$76,524,1689Fox
13Twelve$110,238--231--$477$110,2381Hannover House
14Killers$110,164-28%172-47$640$46,859,80310Lionsgate
15Marmaduke$108,398-32%170-60$638$33,153,65210Fox
16Cyrus$100,172-55%132-84$759$7,138,8978Fox Searchlight
17Sex and the City 2$78,013177%200158$390$95,239,39711Warner Bros. / New Line
18Get Him to the Greek$71,515-48%110-45$650$60,923,32510Universal
19Letters to Juliet$60,959-47%103-70$592$52,897,30313Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$285,437-2%530$5,386$12,802,28521Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$224,233--45--$4,983$224,2331Warner Bros.
3Get Low$219,124148%2622$8,428$350,3362Sony Pictures Classics
4Restrepo$108,87845%4913$2,222$811,7067National Geographic
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$71,520-24%9-65$7,947$1,374,8699Sony Pictures Classics
6The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$67,848--12--$5,654$67,8481National Geographic
7Cairo Time$66,245--5--$13,249$66,2451IFC
8The Concert$66,177204%1917$3,483$102,4933Weinstein Company
9Under the Sea 3D$63,851-17%130$4,912$23,487,05878Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$52,296-32%73-10$716$2,770,3309IFC
11Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$49,680-41%68-22$731$89,836,59411Disney
12Solitary Man$47,201-17%45-18$1,049$4,211,85612Anchor Bay
13The Extra Man$46,285145%108$4,629$77,4412Magnolia
14Agora$44,035-29%13-4$3,387$432,67911Newmarket
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$43,106-24%43-14$1,002$9,812,29121Music Box
1671: Into the Fire$40,640-47%14-6$2,903$156,9882JS Media
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$40,258--10--$4,026$40,2581Anchor Bay
18Life During Wartime$36,89420%1812$2,050$129,4213IFC
19The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$31,316-22%28-13$1,118$6,261,68117Sony Pictures Classics
20Date Night$29,879-50%46-30$650$98,608,43018Fox
21Countdown to Zero$26,078-77%281$931$221,7813Magnolia
22Please Give$21,845-4%30-5$728$3,923,51915Sony Pictures Classics
23Exit Through the Gift Shop$20,8646%12-2$1,739$3,114,88417Producers Distribution Agency
24Micmacs$20,69811%312$668$1,126,82711Sony Classics
25Lebanon$17,145--2--$8,573$17,14543Sony Pictures Classics
26Jonah Hex$16,074-56%25-58$643$10,539,4148Warner Bros.
27Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$13,8546%8-6$1,732$312,5507Sony Pictures Classics
28Winnebago Man$13,38120%101$1,338$90,5475Kino International
29Diary of a Wimpy Kid$13,065266%4032$327$63,980,77921Fox
30Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$12,557-27%32$4,186$89,7053Arthouse Films
31Kisses$11,16735%113$1,015$62,9714Oscilloscope
32Avatar$10,511-19%1-1$10,511$749,766,13934Fox
33Mademoiselle Chambon$10,153-49%71$1,450$261,68911Lorber
34Grease Sing-a-Long$8,630-77%21-12$411$305,2605Paramount
35The Killer Inside Me$7,849-9%111$714$207,4878IFC Films
36Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$7,474218%53$1,495$640,65021Zeitgeist
37Harry Brown$7,260--10--$726$1,818,68115Samuel Goldwyn
38Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$6,992460%54$1,398$319,72914Kino International
39Ondine$6,884-8%12-1$574$508,61123Magnolia
40The Sicilian Girl$5,922--1--$5,922$9,0541Music Box
41Khatta Meetha$5,423-94%830$65$541,9043Eros
42Mother and Child$5,4015%8-2$675$1,078,15514Sony Pictures Classics
43Orlando (2010 re-issue)$5,059-32%2-1$2,530$38,3723Sony Pictures Classics
44Let It Rain$5,02319%60$837$106,0938IFC
45City Island$4,965-32%7-8$709$6,655,82921Anchor Bay
46Patrik, Age 1.5$4,724--2--$2,362$4,7241Here Films
47The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,633127%21$2,317$94,94018International Film Circuit
48The Nature of Existence$4,250-2%31$1,417$34,0278Walking Shadows
49Enemies of the People$3,43551%21$1,718$7,7942International Film Circuit
50Stonewall Uprising$3,23193%31$1,077$114,8568First Run Features
51The City of Your Final Destination$3,132-60%4-9$783$488,93517Screen Media Films
52Spring Fever$2,689--2--$1,345$4,69410Strand
53Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,575-14%30$858$23,272,754149National Geographic
54Lbs.$2,565--1--$2,565$29,86620Truly Indie
55Brotherhood (2009)$2,431--1--$2,431$2,4311Olive Films
56To the Sea$2,399-50%31$800$27,7634Film Movement
57Kings of the Evening$1,976-26%1-2$1,976$96,06826Indican Pictures
58[REC] 2$1,922-34%2-3$961$27,0245Magnolia
59U2 3D$1,879-47%1-1$1,879$10,353,690133National Geographic
60Spoken Word$1,853-57%1-3$1,853$10,4603Variance
61Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$1,302-55%1-1$1,302$64,78210Indican Pictures
62Cropsey$1,261--3--$420$42,39310Cinema Purgatorio
63The Oxford Murders$1,191--1--$1,191$1,1911Magnolia
64Princess Kaiulani$1,18882%1-1$1,188$861,54713Roadside Attractions
65Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$1,019--2--$510$24,46013Cinema Purgatorio
66Ajami$1,018--1--$1,018$616,99247Kino International
67La Mission$624-80%2-4$312$1,062,94118Screen Media
68Behind the Burly Q$507--1--$507$20,10816First Run Features