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, Feb. 4 - Sun, Feb. 6

Wide (1000+)

1The Roommate$15,002,635--2,534--$5,921$15,002,6351Sony / Screen Gems
3No Strings Attached$8,004,834-40%3,05028$2,625$51,392,7053Paramount
4The King's Speech$7,712,353-30%2,58427$2,985$83,527,54411Weinstein Company
5The Green Hornet$5,966,229-47%3,033-491$1,967$87,088,6224Sony / Columbia
6The Rite$5,589,311-62%2,9850$1,872$23,701,5342Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Mechanic$5,295,253-54%2,7041$1,958$20,005,5192CBS Films
8True Grit (2010)$4,640,139-38%2,902-218$1,599$154,902,5417Paramount
9Black Swan$3,373,851-34%1,977-338$1,707$95,861,70810Fox Searchlight
10The Dilemma$3,282,555-42%2,545-360$1,290$45,574,0254Universal
11The Fighter$2,838,173-28%1,662-252$1,708$82,400,7389Paramount
12Yogi Bear$2,249,382-29%1,807-326$1,245$95,367,3298Warner Bros.
14TRON: Legacy$1,363,991-46%1,040-465$1,312$168,758,2388Disney
15Little Fockers$1,239,980-52%1,355-696$915$146,542,2857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1127 Hours$1,348,746-37%899-17$1,500$15,679,19514Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$786,441-34%45035$1,748$7,268,8466Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$748,852-33%2615$2,869$2,097,4232Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Biutiful$641,72040%179120$3,585$1,426,1426Roadside Attractions
5Country Strong$617,047-52%948-339$651$19,817,1827Sony / Screen Gems
6The Company Men$548,925-18%23120$2,376$2,298,8913Weinstein Company
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$532,819-40%514-218$1,037$102,563,8149Fox
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$469,338-35%495-158$948$41,607,4527Fox
9Another Year$443,58944%236145$1,880$1,645,6066Sony Pictures Classics
10Barney's Version$423,333-19%1201$3,528$2,905,0654Sony Pictures Classics
11Megamind$380,437-23%290-10$1,312$147,459,54114Paramount / DreamWorks
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$373,378-38%365-100$1,023$292,761,21412Warner Bros.
13Season of the Witch$284,126-63%492-618$577$24,242,0555Relativity Media
14The Social Network$245,226-45%294-73$834$96,398,57019Sony / Columbia
15The Tourist$161,017-55%231-197$697$66,848,6739Sony / Columbia
16The Way Back$141,810-73%145-450$978$2,532,6833Newmarket Films
17Unstoppable (2010)$127,893-38%202-48$633$81,201,19713Fox
18Rabbit Hole$122,682-29%1317$937$1,723,7008Lionsgate
19Burlesque$87,768-41%178-60$493$39,440,65511Sony / Screen Gems
20Fair Game (2010)$52,847251%149109$355$9,474,14514Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Illusionist (2010)$186,66839%6843$2,745$766,3127Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$120,815-7%501$2,416$21,417,43347Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$59,933-46%46-14$1,303$1,604,0867Focus
4Inside Job$38,896-66%79-171$492$3,884,83118Sony Pictures Classics
5Winter's Bone$37,71125%347$1,109$6,356,50335Roadside Attractions
6Casino Jack$37,540-36%39-10$963$894,5408IDP/ATO Pictures
7The Salvation Poem$36,552713%42$9,138$556,95817CanZion Films
8Faster (2010)$33,649-50%87-27$387$23,225,91111CBS Films
10Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$31,236-49%211$1,487$111,3572Variance Films
11Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$28,206-72%42-33$672$566,3793UTV Communications
12Love and Other Drugs$26,473-61%46-71$576$32,329,93411Fox
13The Heart Specialist$18,318-79%56-63$327$1,096,2884Freestyle
14I Love You Phillip Morris$18,261-59%39-10$468$1,917,32710Roadside Attractions
15Made in Dagenham$17,617-34%41-1$430$968,58412Sony Pictures Classics
16Yamla Pagla Deewana$17,447-73%840$208$988,6874Eros International
17The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,37136%107$1,637$58,0773IFC Films
18Kaboom$16,25819%21$8,129$34,5202IFC Films
19Get Low$16,0713%601$268$9,156,05528Sony Pictures Classics
20Space Station 3D$15,72715%53$3,145$82,690,017460IMAX
21Cold Weather$14,513--1--$14,513$14,5131IFC Films
22All Good Things$10,577-48%15-8$705$523,21210Magnolia Pictures
23Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$10,237100%51$2,047$394,34617Zeitgeist Films
24Waiting for Forever$8,917--3--$2,972$8,9171Freestyle
25Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$8,440--2--$4,220$74,1367Saint Juste International
26What If...$7,733-57%50$1,547$806,86925Five & Two Pictures
27Waste Land$7,488111%41$1,872$131,72115Arthouse Films
28The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$7,292-40%13-9$561$5,183,36415Music Box
30The Other Woman (2011)$6,224--2--$3,112$6,2241IFC
31Tiny Furniture$6,170-42%12-1$514$373,74313IFC
32Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,84630%32$1,949$78,6945First Run Features
33How I Ended This Summer$4,968--1--$4,968$4,9681Film Movement
34Night Catches Us$4,805118%3-1$1,602$72,79210Magnolia
35Every Day$4,510244%2-2$2,255$22,9424Image Entertainment
36The Time That Remains$4,060--2--$2,030$24,2655IFC
37Summer Wars$4,043-33%41$1,011$78,1827GKIDS
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0012%20$2,001$23,516,632175National Geographic
39Animal Kingdom$3,813-38%4-7$953$1,036,51926Sony Pictures Classics
40Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$3,734240%31$1,245$97,01633Kino International
41Into Eternity$3,530--1--$3,530$4,6791International Film Circuit
42My Dog Tulip$3,396-23%3-1$1,132$199,74823New Yorker Films
44When We Leave (Die Fremde)$2,943-51%20$1,472$11,5672Olive Films
45Bhutto$2,772-67%3-1$924$79,20710First Run Features
47Four Lions$2,254-67%6-2$376$298,70114Drafthouse Films
48Tamara Drewe$2,20134%3-3$734$557,53118Sony Pictures Classics
49The Tempest$2,093-62%5-4$419$273,7129Disney
50Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$1,735--2--$868$39,64813Film Desk
51The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,717-50%2-2$859$710,62927National Geographic
52Marwencol$1,707-46%2-4$854$92,33318Cinema Guild
53Kings of Pastry$1,5942%20$797$305,24321First Run
54Nenette$1,360-22%2-1$680$13,0507Kino International
55William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,294162%1-1$1,294$46,38012Oscilloscope
56You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,11492%30$371$3,247,81620Sony Pictures Classics
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$905814%10$905$549,88024Music Box
58The Strange Case of Angelica$842--1--$842$33,1936Cinema Guild
59A Somewhat Gentle Man$837-58%10$837$8,2714Strand Releasing
60Zenith$75416%40$189$7,86219Cinema Purgatorio
61Enemies of the People$666-48%2-2$333$60,62128International Film Circuit
62The Woodmans$607-93%1-2$607$27,3323Lorber Films
63The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$498--1--$498$142,36444International Film Circuit
64Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$492-56%1-1$492$63,55815Variance Films
65The Girl Who Played With Fire$323--2--$162$7,638,24131Music Box
66Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$291--1--$291$24,96414Variance Films
67Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$262-49%20$131$274,52323Music Box
68The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$173--1--$173$10,094,77047Music Box
69Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$66--1--$66$15,5814Kino International