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.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, May. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$51,239,677--4,380--$11,699$51,239,6771Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,340,000161%3,3320$1,002$42,700,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3Date Night$1,594,840222%2,734-359$583$77,149,3085Fox
4How to Train Your Dragon$1,538,905222%4,380954$351$195,872,3987Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Back-up Plan$1,418,272180%3,003-277$472$26,488,7413CBS Films
6Furry Vengeance$870,745298%3,0025$290$8,492,7022Summit
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$688,00093%2,157-580$319$156,191,0006Warner Bros.
8The Losers$603,00074%2,450-486$246$20,252,0003Warner Bros.
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$573,53787%1,706-565$336$36,796,7184Sony / Screen Gems
10Kick-Ass$472,37437%1,759-783$269$44,248,5204Lionsgate
11Oceans$416,08045%1,23222$338$14,941,7283Disneynature
12The Last Song$344,542135%1,303-973$264$59,512,4276Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$385,170--534--$721$385,1701Focus
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$160,78146%582-468$276$330,306,00910Disney
3Hot Tub Time Machine$160,00054%802-310$200$48,845,0007MGM
4City Island$140,531136%247-22$569$2,475,0648Anchor Bay
5The Bounty Hunter$122,749102%462-429$266$64,418,7418Sony / Columbia
6Shutter Island$112,829601%189-61$597$126,718,76012Paramount
7She's Out of My League$108,137570%26118$414$31,130,8069Paramount
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$107,186190%625-541$171$61,159,4948Fox
9Avatar$103,98982%328-59$317$747,625,31921Fox
10Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$93,93684%404-323$233$59,048,4606Lionsgate
11The Ghost Writer$55,53076%231-105$240$14,697,25312Summit
12Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$32,835159%221-44$149$88,084,64313Fox
13The Tooth Fairy$27,386266%160-26$171$59,622,21216Fox
14The Crazies$22,000139%149-48$148$38,973,00011Overture
15Greenberg$21,03863%114-29$185$4,001,4388Focus
16Our Family Wedding$18,918285%11921$159$19,936,7309Fox Searchlight
17Letters to God$15,00079%112-87$134$2,702,0005Vivendi
18Brooklyn's Finest$8,50027%113-33$75$27,099,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$106,00028%48-1$2,208$4,926,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$18,00050%14-2$1,286$21,850,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cop Out$15,000142%91-50$165$44,802,00011Warner Bros.
4The Joneses$14,38214%68-55$212$1,306,7664Roadside Attractions
5Crazy Heart$10,52023%75-43$140$39,370,56021Fox Searchlight
6The Runaways$9,450-14%65-57$145$3,462,9148Apparition
7Remember Me$8,38484%76-42$110$19,041,5909Summit
8The Square (2010)$6,35340%17-7$374$199,3425Apparition
9The Book of Eli$6,30043%61-16$103$94,804,00017Warner Bros.
10The Blind Side$2,70093%25-21$108$255,938,00025Warner Bros.
11The Secret of Kells$2,602-20%22-14$118$415,56010GKIDS
12That Evening Sun$648--40$162$275,36327Freestyle