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 Mon, Feb. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gnomeo and Juliet$6,261,707-5%3,01420$2,078$56,436,2492Disney
2Unknown (2011)$3,596,626-42%3,043--$1,182$25,453,0151Warner Bros.
3I Am Number Four$3,305,961-41%3,154--$1,048$22,755,8541Disney / DreamWorks
4Just Go With It$3,102,798-44%3,5480$875$64,136,9882Sony / Columbia
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,056,255-25%3,11813$980$51,236,9372Paramount
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,434,223-46%2,821--$863$18,735,0261Fox
7The King's Speech$1,534,367-30%2,086-177$736$104,775,87313Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$687,559-40%2,2960$299$15,840,2422Focus
9The Roommate$558,567-47%2,160-374$259$33,061,8733Sony / Screen Gems
10No Strings Attached$496,764-45%1,966-790$253$66,490,0845Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$475,215-39%1,465-607$324$164,603,2399Paramount
12The Green Hornet$413,594-21%1,265-825$327$95,600,5026Sony / Columbia
13Sanctum$330,375-38%1,377-1412$240$22,277,7753Universal
14The Rite$182,193-48%1,048-1159$174$31,574,6844Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$343,533-38%759-290$453$88,322,33311Paramount
2Black Swan$281,128-37%656-413$429$101,817,99112Fox Searchlight
3Tangled$208,739--389-395$537$194,306,67713Disney
4The Mechanic$191,185-42%952-934$201$28,077,2084CBS Films
5Cedar Rapids$178,849-40%10287$1,753$1,490,7752Fox Searchlight
6Yogi Bear$159,37415%725-386$220$97,442,59110Warner Bros.
7Barney's Version$137,618--322--$427$4,602,7546Sony Pictures Classics
8Biutiful$113,813-40%157-34$725$3,151,2778Roadside Attractions
9TRON: Legacy$110,572--312-52$354$170,552,08310Disney
10Megamind$93,132-1%214-38$435$148,337,53716Paramount / DreamWorks
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$87,344-29%321-88$272$293,989,13814Warner Bros.
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$87,178-3%264-29$330$103,462,69511Fox
13127 Hours$80,398-28%240-119$335$17,492,60716Fox Searchlight
14Blue Valentine (2010)$72,283-35%235-158$308$8,901,9278Weinstein Company
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$59,246-2%235-73$252$42,233,5219Fox
16Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$55,726--108--$516$778,2202Shorts International
17The Company Men$55,484-40%242-35$229$3,581,7385Weinstein Company
18Little Fockers$47,025-44%285-139$165$147,682,6859Universal
19The Illusionist (2010)$40,070--106--$378$1,507,8599Sony Pictures Classics
20The Tourist$36,895-37%224--$165$67,276,02311Sony / Columbia
21The Dilemma$27,835-43%293-949$95$48,249,5756Universal
22Another Year$21,290--121--$176$2,536,2228Sony Pictures Classics
23The Social Network$20,534-33%113-65$182$96,780,55521Sony / Columbia
24From Prada to Nada$17,655-53%128-124$138$2,828,1464Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Unstoppable (2010)$9,765-49%105-42$93$81,478,43515Fox
26Season of the Witch$5,717-42%132-44$43$24,535,2047Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$53,811-12%502$1,076$21,800,16749Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$20,719-60%65--$319$184,8721UTV Communications
3The Last Lions$15,512--4--$3,878$68,8561National Geographic
4Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$12,585--8--$1,573$66,3151Vitagraph
5Rabbit Hole$12,243-38%78-34$157$1,987,08510Lionsgate
6Somewhere (2010)$7,679-37%29-3$265$1,731,2019Focus
7Inside Job$7,618--24--$317$3,977,50920Sony Pictures Classics
8Galapagos$4,860--3--$1,620$17,869,265591IMAX
9Winter's Bone$4,288-32%20-6$214$6,425,77837Roadside Attractions
10Poetry$4,066--3--$1,355$50,2812Kino International
11Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$3,709-26%21$1,855$37,9032Phase 4 Films
12The Way Back$3,547--15--$236$2,677,4015Newmarket Films
13Space Station 3D$3,000--5--$600$82,812,201462IMAX
14The Housemaid (Hanyo)$2,585--6--$431$90,0105IFC Films
15Kaboom$2,552--6--$425$66,5734IFC Films
16Immigration Tango$2,464-48%30--$82$16,8961Roadside Attractions
17Carancho$1,924--4--$481$32,3022Strand Releasing
18Casino Jack$1,862--12--$155$951,24610IDP/ATO Pictures
19Cold Weather$1,729--3--$576$47,9283IFC Films
20What Women Want (2011)$1,611--3--$537$119,5043China Lion Film
21Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,564--7--$223$169,3024Variance Films
22Made in Dagenham$1,556--15--$104$1,018,80214Sony Pictures Classics
23The Other Woman (2011)$840--5--$168$14,9293IFC
24Orgasm Inc.$757--3--$252$19,2582First Run Features
25I Love You Phillip Morris$757-52%9-14$84$1,946,89412Roadside Attractions
26When We Leave (Die Fremde)$713--1--$713$19,6314Olive Films
27Zero Bridge$623--1--$623$5,2441The Film Desk
28Putty Hill$609--1--$609$5,4771Cinema Guild
29The Salvation Poem$571--4--$143$593,72819CanZion Films
30What If...$558--1--$558$814,90627Five & Two Pictures
31Vanishing on 7th Street$530--1--$530$3,4281Magnolia / Magnet
32Tiny Furniture$470--6--$78$389,80415IFC
33Night Catches Us$452--4--$113$75,79512Magnolia
34Kings of Pastry$350--1--$350$312,30323First Run
35Brotherhood (2010)$346-79%1--$346$8,2191Phase 4 Films
36All Good Things$335--4--$84$537,67712Magnolia Pictures
37Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$331--3--$110$91,1157First Run Features
38Four Lions$313--6--$52$304,13716Drafthouse Films
39Now & Later$292--1--$292$1,8081Cinema Libre
40The Time That Remains$291--2--$146$32,0797IFC
41Every Day$252--0----$30,9006Image Entertainment
42The Strange Case of Angelica$171--1--$171$36,9018Cinema Guild
43Tamara Drewe$155--4--$39$559,71120Sony Pictures Classics
44Marwencol$136--3--$45$97,37320Cinema Guild
45The Tempest$134--3--$45$277,64911Disney
46Animal Kingdom$130--2--$65$1,041,21228Sony Pictures Classics
47My Dog Tulip$114--1--$114$209,07925New Yorker Films
48Bhutto$85--3--$28$86,57612First Run Features
49Get Low$84--4--$21$9,176,55330Sony Pictures Classics
50Rabia$79--1--$79$5,4934Strand
51Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$66--1--$66$105,23435Kino International