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. 21 - Sun, Feb. 23

Wide (1000+)

1The LEGO Movie$31,305,359-37%3,890115$8,048$183,015,4553Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$12,242,218--2,872--$4,263$12,242,2181Relativity Media
3Pompeii$10,340,823--2,658--$3,890$10,340,8231Sony / TriStar
4RoboCop (2014)$9,805,051-55%3,3720$2,908$44,005,1572Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$7,912,276-49%3,064-19$2,582$57,856,9603Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$7,534,816-71%2,2530$3,344$38,281,1062Sony / Screen Gems
7Ride Along$4,623,390-47%2,186-331$2,115$123,129,1906Universal
8Frozen (2013)$4,403,797-29%1,891-210$2,329$384,108,13214Disney
9Endless Love (2014)$3,967,520-70%2,8960$1,370$19,808,7752Universal
10Winter's Tale$2,173,455-70%2,9650$733$11,267,3562Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$1,978,380-52%1,516-497$1,305$121,709,2869Universal
12That Awkward Moment$1,385,146-60%1,208-714$1,147$24,053,6884Focus
13Philomena$1,196,316-22%1,004-221$1,192$32,720,25214Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$1,066,564-42%1,235-683$864$59,906,0676Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1American Hustle$1,732,098-29%903-169$1,918$144,115,17211Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$1,302,871-32%627-124$2,078$112,821,5629Paramount
3Gravity$847,195-18%348-7$2,434$269,275,32321Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$824,646-63%807-471$1,022$49,297,3246Paramount
512 Years a Slave$522,497-7%349-37$1,497$49,077,22019Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$429,941-20%210-114$2,047$16,518,81415Paramount Vantage
7Her (2013)$409,428-32%250-5$1,638$23,980,03810Warner Bros.
8August: Osage County$399,944-55%525-485$762$36,615,2559Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$319,126-40%240-86$1,330$423,626,64214Lionsgate
10Dallas Buyers Club$297,279-20%175-48$1,699$24,746,78017Focus
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$293,130-41%266-19$1,102$256,636,87411Warner Bros. / New Line
12In Secret$265,586--266--$998$265,5151Roadside Attractions
13Vampire Academy$261,787-86%536-2140$488$7,606,3953Weinstein Company
14The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$237,614-34%148-19$1,606$1,803,1474ShortsHD
15Gloria (2014)$233,959-25%11012$2,127$1,344,8815Roadside Attractions
16Labor Day (2013)$226,864-82%418-1246$543$13,106,5054Paramount
17Saving Mr. Banks$226,227-4%24634$920$82,590,20811Disney
18Thor: The Dark World$225,421-28%199-13$1,133$205,808,33916Disney
19The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$173,660-12%2087$835$57,720,7449Fox
20I, Frankenstein$154,366-67%217-251$711$18,666,4985Lionsgate
21Walking With Dinosaurs$138,895-17%214-34$649$35,634,73310Fox
22The Legend Of Hercules$102,06039%11020$928$18,647,9737Lionsgate / Summit
23Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$85,682-16%1810$473$119,546,97022Sony / Columbia
24Inside Llewyn Davis$72,980-40%10721$682$13,072,05312CBS Films
25Captain Phillips$64,291-20%18954$340$106,957,07120Sony / Columbia
26Grudge Match$47,026-49%108-183$435$29,747,3099Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Highway$326,654--97--$3,368$326,6541UTV Motion Pictures
2The Wind Rises$313,751--21--$14,941$455,8011Disney
3Journey to the South Pacific$126,2404%161$7,890$733,79413IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
4Beijing Love Story$94,261-33%123$7,855$312,9382China Lion Film
5Tim's Vermeer$86,57050%2210$3,935$322,6384Sony Pictures Classics
6The Great Beauty$82,207-20%50-2$1,644$2,092,17015Janus Films
7Jerusalem 3D$82,002--27--$3,037$2,547,64623National Geographic
8The Past$81,628-18%75-2$1,088$1,136,02710Sony Pictures Classics
9Devil's Due$66,036-48%84-39$786$15,722,0506Fox
10The Book Thief$64,623-21%84-10$769$21,192,41516Fox
11Hubble 3D$53,02021%171$3,119$42,614,887206Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Delivery Man$48,609-31%98-16$496$30,549,85814Disney / DreamWorks
13The Attorney$45,403-62%18-8$2,522$524,3163Well Go USA
14Hasee Toh Phasee$36,663-76%33-44$1,111$634,3423Reliance Entertainment
15Like Father, Like Son (2014)$31,211-7%227$1,419$186,9526IFC Films
16Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$27,853--2--$13,927$27,8531IFC Films
17Free Birds$25,973-22%56-19$464$55,651,84317Relativity Media
18The Invisible Woman$22,869-30%32-12$715$1,088,1139Sony Pictures Classics
19Stranger By the Lake$21,029-1%123$1,752$200,2525Strand Releasing
20When Comedy Went to School$18,562-26%81$2,320$301,25030International Film Circuit
21Blue Jasmine$18,463100%5741$324$33,290,58131Sony Pictures Classics
22Child's Pose$12,955--2--$6,478$14,7471Zeitgeist Films
23Barefoot$11,767--18--$654$11,7671Roadside Attractions
24The Saratov Approach$11,474-5%16-6$717$2,116,87420Purdie Distribution
25To the Arctic 3D$10,28622%8-1$1,286$13,829,47897Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,7227%32$3,241$57,4613Kino Lorber
27Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,047-45%33-1$274$8,242,53613Weinstein Company
2820 Feet from Stardom$8,115-36%12-4$676$4,868,57737RADiUS-TWC
29Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$7,250-44%10$7,250$30,2852Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
30Girl on a Bicycle$6,071-84%15-37$405$58,9752Monterey Media
31The Pretty One$5,996203%54$1,199$11,1863Dada Films
32Born to Be Wild 3D$5,31722%71$760$23,183,085151Warner Bros. / IMAX
33American Mustang$5,209--1--$5,209$24,5836Vitagraph / Just Media
34Under the Sea 3D$4,924-33%51$985$33,751,928263Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Jimmy P$3,654-49%32$1,218$16,3852IFC Films
36The Rocket (2013)$3,419588%64$570$26,4587Kino Lorber
38The Last of the Unjust$3,349-57%40$837$38,3963Cohen Media Group
39The Best Offer$3,171124%6-2$529$77,3578IFC Films
40Almost Human$2,722--2--$1,361$2,7221IFC Midnight
41Blue Is the Warmest Color$2,346-45%3-6$782$2,194,42318IFC Films
42All Is Lost$2,317-34%5-4$463$6,262,94219Roadside Attractions
43A Field in England$2,121-25%6-2$354$23,8633Drafthouse Films
44Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,987-61%5-10$397$1,359,5635Roadside Attractions
45In Bloom$1,939338%1-1$1,939$30,3217Big World Pictures
46Big Bad Wolves$1,866164%63$311$25,8896Magnolia / Magnet
47Black Out$1,749--10--$175$1,7491Doppelgänger Releasing
48Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,520-47%10$1,520$20,0183Rialto Pictures
49The Act of Killing$867-48%31$289$483,86332Drafthouse Films
50Knights of Badassdom$760-78%31$253$114,2915eOne Films US
51Maidentrip$676-13%1-1$676$36,76710First Run Features
52Kill Your Darlings$630-69%3-1$210$1,029,94919Sony Pictures Classics
53Fire in the Blood$620--2--$310$25,56325International Film Circuit
54Sweet Dreams (2013)$562-8%1-1$562$34,77717International Film Circuit
55Cutie and the Boxer$535-37%5-1$107$195,54528RADiUS-TWC
56Muscle Shoals$522-55%41$131$691,32422Magnolia Pictures
57Run & Jump$510--2--$255$10,3775IFC Films
58Inequality for All$183-36%20$92$1,205,07922RADiUS-TWC