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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jan. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$2,165,547-17%3,08336$702$91,457,8422Paramount
2Little Fockers$2,008,010-18%3,55418$565$107,018,6902Universal
3TRON: Legacy$1,755,989-25%3,365-86$522$135,400,8643Disney
4Black Swan$1,330,323-11%1,55387$857$50,627,8585Fox Searchlight
5The Fighter$1,164,444-10%2,53423$460$48,849,8534Paramount
6Yogi Bear$794,475-35%3,5150$226$67,772,0133Warner Bros.
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$791,476-27%2,948-402$268$88,808,6724Fox
8The Tourist$741,457-8%2,7560$269$56,184,1554Sony / Columbia
9Tangled$714,344-37%2,5820$277$169,668,2696Disney
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$625,176-33%3,089543$202$29,012,3712Fox
11How Do You Know$526,274-3%2,4830$212$26,108,6773Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$448,002-28%1,7320$259$284,606,7137Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$862,201-12%7000$1,232$24,778,2566Weinstein Company
2Burlesque$65,513-8%3300$199$37,870,2746Sony / Screen Gems
3Unstoppable (2010)$53,439-14%45057$119$79,583,8868Fox
4Megamind$49,036-44%7640$64$144,328,1019Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Social Network$48,303-20%2490$194$93,330,46214Sony / Columbia
6127 Hours$43,216-15%103-12$420$10,528,3689Fox Searchlight
7Due Date$42,1816%4040$104$99,313,7609Warner Bros.
8Red (2010)$36,394-7%303-27$120$89,580,62212Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$33,654-6%17531$192$31,336,4926Fox
10Life As We Know It$24,815-7%2480$100$52,937,93213Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$16,745-26%1974$85$251,242,62526Universal
12Fair Game (2010)$13,077-7%109-52$120$9,145,8789Summit
13Jackass 3D$9,912-23%1370$72$117,132,18912Paramount
14Faster (2010)$9,2326%119-4$78$22,874,7936CBS Films
15Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$8,310-37%1580$53$55,571,32315Warner Bros.
16Morning Glory (2010)$7,29321%1260$58$30,773,2968Paramount
17Paranormal Activity 2$6,770-22%1450$47$84,676,14911Paramount
18Hereafter$3,595-12%1280$28$32,720,27312Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$37,095-4%4--$9,274$367,5291Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$27,969-22%470$595$20,213,72042Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$23,677-5%68-1$348$1,174,9845Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$21,918-4%340$645$480,0063Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$15,613-18%81$1,952$467,4452Focus
6Biutiful$7,310-17%2--$3,655$80,7691Roadside Attractions
7Under the Sea 3D$7,124-25%120$594$25,290,05599Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Next Three Days$4,766-15%81-30$59$21,139,7177Lionsgate
9Country Strong$4,313-20%20$2,157$129,4322Sony / Screen Gems
10The Town$3,6307%620$59$92,180,27016Warner Bros.
11Summer Wars$1,5572%2--$779$18,7012GKIDS
12The Tempest$1,41046%6-8$235$234,0094Disney
13The Warrior's Way$1,395-33%384$37$5,572,7865Relativity Media
14Inception$1,305-49%280$47$292,572,69725Warner Bros.
15For Colored Girls$1,106-20%28-11$40$37,679,2659Lionsgate
16Winter's Bone$369-85%2-3$185$6,248,35830Roadside Attractions