Grosses

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Conquers the Box Office with $73.0M DebutJuly 13, 2014 08:20 AM

by Daniel Garris

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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 3 - Sun, Jun. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$55,101,604--3,641--$15,134$55,101,6041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$31,381,234-63%3,6150$8,681$185,808,1942Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$23,887,914-50%3,95227$6,045$100,028,3722Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$17,954,603-55%3,966-198$4,527$190,200,8803Disney
5Bridesmaids$12,040,875-27%2,919-39$4,125$107,167,2304Universal
6Thor$4,250,044-55%2,780-516$1,529$169,122,9485Paramount
7Fast Five$3,165,355-51%2,237-744$1,415$201,979,6656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$2,769,99244%14789$18,843$6,796,7313Sony Pictures Classics
2Something Borrowed$848,013-54%688-752$1,233$36,673,3305Warner Bros.
3Jumping the Broom$844,909-54%589-350$1,434$35,907,3005Sony / TriStar
4Rio (2011)$738,518-59%691-981$1,069$136,690,3958Fox
5Water for Elephants$694,517-36%572-222$1,214$55,733,1957Fox
6Priest (2011)$376,365-79%583-1335$646$28,713,5774Sony / Screen Gems
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$346,316-20%1224$2,839$3,253,7676IFC Films
8Rango$239,040-34%254-26$941$122,152,49414Paramount
9Source Code$234,874-27%288-11$816$53,850,55610Summit
10Soul Surfer$204,050-49%245-156$833$41,746,3009Sony / TriStar
11Insidious$180,44911%160-26$1,128$53,010,82210FilmDistrict
12HOP$170,150-25%245-54$694$107,802,81010Universal
13Hanna$150,769-31%197-19$765$39,808,8089Focus
14Limitless$150,104-32%232-37$647$78,734,46512Relativity Media
15Everything Must Go$145,809-47%107-54$1,363$2,400,8804Roadside Attractions
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$144,437-57%196-163$737$52,623,4387Lionsgate
17Win Win$124,838-36%14117$885$9,865,93312Fox Searchlight
18The Lincoln Lawyer$112,399-41%133-33$845$56,996,98412Lionsgate
19Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$105,684-34%182-32$581$52,305,51211Fox
20Jane Eyre (2011)$100,817-37%128-15$788$10,867,43213Focus
21The Conspirator$86,697-44%110-27$788$11,328,7048Roadside Attractions
22Scream 4$77,908-38%201-60$388$38,042,4858Weinstein Company
23Mars Needs Moms$55,432-43%100-28$554$21,275,65413Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$631,93569%2016$31,597$1,250,2262Fox Searchlight
2Ready$460,238--97--$4,745$460,2381Eros International
3Born to Be Wild 3D$181,669-27%470$3,865$6,320,4449Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$175,488-12%9018$1,950$1,179,6077Sony Pictures Classics
5Beginners$141,340--5--$28,268$141,3401Focus
6The Double Hour$121,367-26%6810$1,785$943,5808IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
7Hubble 3D$81,256-21%382$2,138$25,785,90164Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Meek's Cutoff$68,910-29%455$1,531$723,2479Oscilloscope
9Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$65,36667%110$5,942$2,906,723563D Entertainment
1013 Assassins$56,799-31%29-2$1,959$538,0156Magnolia / Magnet
11Gnomeo and Juliet$49,681-44%85-26$584$99,712,43517Disney
12The Beaver$48,595-54%68-41$715$873,9085Summit
13Arthur (2011)$46,211-46%62-15$745$33,015,6969Warner Bros.
14The First Grader$42,536-26%360$1,182$222,3604National Geographic
15Submarine$41,832--4--$10,458$41,8321Weinstein Company
16Empire of Silver$40,052--17--$2,356$40,0521NeoClassics Films
17I Am (2011)$38,590-54%42-12$919$1,447,32416Paladin
18Bill Cunningham New York$37,556-23%220$1,707$1,203,22312Zeitgeist Films
19Potiche$35,148-32%33-3$1,065$1,545,30711Music Box Films
20Under the Sea 3D$34,8121%19-2$1,832$28,653,213121Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Prom$32,599-71%39-59$836$9,933,1536Disney
22Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$30,552-54%80-123$382$9,525,5876Weinstein Company
23African Cats$30,039-60%72-75$417$14,868,1877Disneynature
24L'Amour fou$25,002-40%16-2$1,563$227,5774IFC Films
25In a Better World$21,670-43%324$677$788,69210Sony Pictures Classics
26Space Station 3D$18,415--2--$9,208$83,652,462477IMAX
27Of Gods and Men$18,338-48%29-8$632$3,893,41115Sony Pictures Classics
28The Princess of Montpensier$18,322-16%203$916$304,0098IFC Films
29The Last Mountain$17,570--2--$8,785$17,5701Dada Films
30Winter in Wartime$17,194-25%218$819$463,47612Sony Pictures Classics
31Queen to Play$16,644-36%10-1$1,664$304,82210Zeitgeist Films
32Beautiful Boy$16,162--4--$4,041$16,1621Anchor Bay Films
33Hobo with a Shotgun$12,888-39%14-7$921$627,4525Magnolia / Magnet
34Certified Copy$11,62850%124$969$1,324,19513IFC Films
35Hesher$8,606-71%6-5$1,434$348,1234Wrekin Hill Entertainment
36The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$8,540-84%39-102$219$602,4797Sony Pictures Classics
37My Perestroika$7,025-15%121$585$204,50611International Film Circuit
38Rejoice and Shout$6,589--1--$6,589$6,5891Magnolia Pictures
39The King's Speech$6,499-44%16-2$406$138,788,23228Weinstein Company
40WAR: Women Art Revolution$5,791--2--$2,896$11,2331Zeitgeist Films
41Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5,59049%4-2$1,398$174,99738Collective Eye
42Kill the Irishman$5,168-39%8-2$646$1,176,25613Anchor Bay Films
43Film Socialisme$4,526--1--$4,526$4,5261Lorber Films
44Tuesday, After Christmas$4,260-34%10$4,260$17,6892Lorber Films
45Blank City$4,1953%20$2,098$93,6679Insurgent Releasing
46City of Life and Death$3,914383%20$1,957$24,1634Kino International
47How To Live Forever$3,90344%20$1,952$22,1004Variance Films
4835 and Ticking$3,249-69%4-2$812$58,7373Image Entertainment
49Barney's Version$2,879-56%6-3$480$7,492,02721Sony Pictures Classics
50Small Town Murder Songs$2,81052%75$401$5,5152Monterey Media
51American: The Bill Hicks Story$2,529233%20$1,265$85,7459Variance Films
52The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,468411%21$1,234$114,21110Lorber Films
53Rubber$2,001-54%4-1$500$91,23510Magnolia / Magnet
54Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,931-40%50$386$169,50914Strand Releasing
55Nostalgia for the Light$1,918--1--$1,918$112,78812Icarus Films
56Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,890197%42$473$16,7164First Run Features
57Circo$1,736-68%21$868$63,01110First Run Features
58The Music Never Stopped$1,586-6%50$317$247,27912Roadside Attractions
59Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,5293%1-1$1,529$48,3027Variance Films
60Dumbstruck$1,415-39%10$1,415$15,0178Truly Indie
61Love, Wedding, Marriage$1,378--2--$689$1,3781IFC Films
62Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,340153%21$670$8,4424Strand Releasing
63Into Eternity$1,246-73%3-1$415$47,76418International Film Circuit
64Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$1,222--1--$1,222$11,53614Tostie Productions
65Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$1,0178%21$509$249,39322First Run Features
66Poetry$843-71%1-2$843$345,24017Kino International
67Biutiful$797-14%2-3$399$5,100,93723Roadside Attractions
68Skateland$71750%31$239$18,8904Freestyle Releasing
69The Salvation Poem$659-3%1-1$659$869,82734CanZion Films
70Pianomania$587-74%10$587$3,5742First Run Features
71Henry's Crime$578-51%10$578$101,8829Moving Pictures Film & Television
72Harvest$529-80%2-2$265$24,0735Monterey Media
73Carancho$326--1--$326$85,36317Strand Releasing
74Dum Maaro Dum$220-89%3-3$73$563,6997Fox Searchlight
75Armadillo$146--1--$146$10,3478Lorber Films
76Orgasm Inc.$101--1--$101$47,62217First Run Features
77The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$66-92%1-1$66$11,3744Argot Pictures