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, Oct. 28 - Sun, Oct. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Puss in Boots (2011)$34,077,439--3,952--$8,623$34,077,4391Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$18,144,516-65%3,3298$5,450$80,919,1702Paramount
3In Time$12,050,368--3,122--$3,860$12,050,3681Fox
4Footloose (2011)$5,502,026-47%3,224-331$1,707$38,544,8253Paramount
5The Rum Diary$5,135,369--2,272--$2,260$5,135,3691FilmDistrict
6Real Steel$4,783,149-56%2,914-498$1,641$73,941,4164Disney / DreamWorks
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,507,359-60%3,0170$1,163$14,847,2372Summit
8The Ides of March$2,804,435-42%1,572-470$1,784$33,600,6184Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$2,387,049-40%1,631-722$1,464$67,408,0996Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$1,838,096-26%1,134-61$1,621$27,681,9755Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$1,693,915-56%1,5542$1,090$6,465,6852Universal
12Dolphin Tale$1,633,429-61%1,838-990$889$67,035,2936Warner Bros.
14The Thing (2011)$857,325-72%1,394-1601$615$16,075,0753Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1RA. One$1,654,023--189--$8,751$1,654,0231Eros International
2Anonymous$1,021,768--265--$3,856$1,021,7681Sony / Columbia
3Margin Call$729,09630%14084$5,208$1,482,5632Roadside Attractions
4Dream House$397,815-65%585-639$680$20,834,3955Universal
5The Help$392,658-45%450-326$873$166,904,05912Disney / DreamWorks
6The Way$358,267-29%258-25$1,389$1,610,0244Producers Distribution Agency
7Contagion$335,315-61%411-490$816$74,101,7818Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$267,464-56%194-173$1,379$33,720,9387FilmDistrict
9The Smurfs$250,972-35%303-24$828$140,900,45714Sony / Columbia
10The Mighty Macs$227,619-76%389-586$585$1,513,3132Quaker Media
11The Big Year$227,149-86%423-1727$537$6,820,2293Fox
13The Lion King 3D$203,763-84%378-713$539$93,143,4697Disney
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$174,885-26%231-18$757$175,888,65213Fox
15Crazy, Stupid, Love$153,975-36%250-58$616$83,904,89514Warner Bros.
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$111,150-39%163-77$682$380,707,70416Warner Bros.
17Killer Elite$108,443-74%257-494$422$24,909,6216Open Road
18Cars 2$89,066-38%143-50$623$191,130,18919Disney
19Colombiana$79,917-32%151-25$529$36,665,85410Sony / TriStar
20Captain America: The First Avenger$78,429-51%139-45$564$176,551,17615Paramount
21Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$62,465-42%151-27$414$38,281,68511Weinstein Company
22Apollo 18$50,813737%120107$423$17,605,1929Weinstein Company
23Fright Night (2011)$38,053-49%108-12$352$18,269,10711Disney / DreamWorks
24The Hammer (2011)$8,442--102--$83$8,4421Archstone Distribution / D&E Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

1Martha Marcy May Marlene$248,22580%3228$7,757$447,2192Fox Searchlight
2Take Shelter$190,8155%9136$2,097$765,1215Sony Pictures Classics
3The Skin I Live In$180,713-27%3110$5,829$833,8333Sony Pictures Classics
4Like Crazy$123,140--4--$30,785$123,1401Paramount Vantage
5October Baby$102,096--13--$7,854$102,0961IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Born to Be Wild 3D$80,330-14%490$1,639$13,813,52530Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Guard$62,836-43%56-26$1,122$5,067,22714Sony Pictures Classics
8Midnight in Paris$61,167-44%61-35$1,003$55,378,52424Sony Pictures Classics
9Cowboys & Aliens$60,515-36%91-40$665$100,215,11614Universal
10The Afflicted$50,820-44%11-2$4,620$175,7422Nocturnal Features
11The Debt$50,187-50%87-32$577$31,146,5709Focus
12Hubble 3D$47,856-44%22-2$2,175$29,445,24785Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Shark Night 3D$46,049-31%90-12$512$18,797,2869Relativity Media
14Laugh at My Pain$44,126-60%51-52$865$7,637,2378CodeBlack Entertainment
15What's Your Number?$42,522-86%62-281$686$13,855,6745Fox
16Breakaway$41,288--14--$2,949$1,809,9235Alliance Films
17Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$41,18248%7522$549$23,974,72910FilmDistrict
18Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$36,586-34%26-3$1,407$743,75417International Film Circuit
19Mozart's Sister$28,773-30%320$899$481,08511Music Box Films
20The Women on the 6th Floor$27,011-45%16-1$1,688$206,0204Strand Releasing
21The Double (2011)$26,640--11--$2,422$26,6401Image Entertainment
22Weekend$24,317-50%18-8$1,351$383,4126IFC Films
23Le Havre$19,644-25%71$2,806$60,0182Janus Films
24Munger Road$17,369-42%10-6$1,737$243,6955Freestyle Releasing
25Blackthorn$17,005-35%16-3$1,063$124,2894Magnolia Pictures
26Love Crime$16,746-42%25-1$670$487,8009IFC Films
27All's Faire in Love$16,440--75--$219$16,4401Hannover House
28Revenge of the Electric Car$16,324-7%31$5,441$43,0742Area23a
29Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$15,057115%114$1,369$179,3569Music Box Films
30Inni$14,903--3--$4,968$31,6721Cinema Purgatorio
31Under the Sea 3D$14,783-32%120$1,232$29,987,052142Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Sarah's Key$14,070-37%29-19$485$7,057,35015Weinstein Company
33The Mill and the Cross$13,704-44%11-4$1,246$190,2027Kino Lorber
34The Man Nobody Knew$13,35426%50$2,671$102,5586First Run Features
35Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$13,3332%3910$342$203,5865Magnolia / Magnet
36Our Idiot Brother$12,880-62%51-28$253$24,763,95110Weinstein Company
37Machine Gun Preacher$12,647-60%13-12$973$505,3616Relativity Media
39Senna$11,585-28%12-8$965$1,586,69212Producers Distribution Agency
40Higher Ground$11,265-50%26-10$433$802,29610Sony Pictures Classics
41The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$11,208-34%130$862$248,9388IFC Films
42Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$11,18627%100$1,119$4,328,844773D Entertainment
43Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$9,474-59%10$9,474$38,7132Submarine Deluxe
44Warrior (2011)$7,736-73%31-34$250$13,651,6628Lionsgate
45My Reincarnation$6,498--2--$3,249$6,4981Long Shot Factory
46Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$6,333--4--$1,583$26,2697International Film Circuit
47Finding Joe$6,277-14%5-2$1,255$55,5185Balcony Releasing
48Le Bonheur des Autres$6,140-76%9-15$682$225,6634Entertainment One Films
49Seven Days in Utopia$5,927-48%11-9$539$4,367,4489Visio Entertainment
50The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$5,792-62%12-12$483$118,4714IFC Films
51Texas Killing Fields$5,708-39%73$815$33,7213Anchor Bay Films
52Circumstance$5,659-38%7-3$808$429,40510Roadside Attractions
53Space Station 3D$5,109--1--$5,109$84,409,797498IMAX
54Point Blank$4,85211%110$441$695,69114Magnolia / Magnet
55Paul Goodman Changed My Life$4,517-21%10$4,517$17,7032Zeitgeist Films
56I Don't Know How She Does It$4,240-52%14-15$303$9,603,1857Weinstein Company
57Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,008-41%31$1,003$247,09119Abramorama
58City of Life and Death$2,902--1--$2,902$119,92225Kino International
59Labios Rojos$2,719-89%11-32$247$134,9063Lionsgate / Pantelion
60Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$2,70727%80$338$16,0504Kino Lorber
61OKA!$2,290159%21$1,145$10,0303Dada Films
62Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,221-82%6-15$370$483,2859Indomina Media
63The Future$1,909-63%5-9$382$564,66114Roadside Attractions
64The Names of Love$1,877-26%1-2$1,877$507,99319Music Box Films
65Happy, Happy$1,813141%2-1$907$38,1947Magnolia Pictures
66Restless (2011)$1,808-49%9-2$201$157,0227Sony Pictures Classics
67Restitution$1,779--1--$1,779$1,7791Monterey Media
68Hell and Back Again$1,574-32%20$787$19,1374Docurama Films
69Fireflies in the Garden$1,477-92%2-12$739$69,8193Independent
70Magic Trip$1,322204%31$441$153,94313Magnolia Pictures
71Sidewalls$1,304--1--$1,304$1,7341IFC Films
72Brighton Rock (2011)$1,139-74%6-5$190$223,88710IFC Films
73Where Soldiers Come From$1,012-52%2-1$506$33,7888International Film Circuit
74American Teacher$788--1--$788$26,3565First Run Features
753 (2010)$778-84%1-4$778$50,4167Strand Releasing
77Dirty Girl$743-82%1-4$743$51,4314Weinstein Company
78Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$630116%2-2$315$1,197,55317Sony Pictures Classics
79Limelight (2011)$612-42%1-2$612$56,4836Magnolia Pictures
80El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$593-90%2-7$297$157,81614Alive Mind Cinema
81The Tree$563-28%10$563$65,02516Zeitgeist Films
82Project Nim$510-70%3-9$170$405,89017Roadside Attractions
83Life, Above All$450-82%3-2$150$130,94316Sony Pictures Classics
84Bill Cunningham New York$420-45%10$420$1,508,15033Zeitgeist Films
85The Last Circus$277-58%20$139$39,14411Magnolia / Magnet
86Mysteries of Lisbon$235-85%1-2$235$109,88513Music Box Films
87Special Treatment$201-66%10$201$8,51210First Run Features
88Thunder Soul$165-84%40$41$143,5686Roadside Attractions
89Griff the Invisible$128--1--$128$20,90611Indomina Media