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 Fri, Nov. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tower Heist$8,062,980--3,367--$2,395$8,062,9801Universal
2Puss in Boots (2011)$7,812,356297%3,96311$1,971$50,285,3942Paramount / DreamWorks
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$5,392,867--2,875--$1,876$5,392,8671Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity 3$2,938,821189%3,286-43$894$89,721,8753Paramount
5In Time$2,475,551144%3,1275$792$18,984,1962Fox
6Footloose (2011)$1,474,845229%2,811-413$525$41,724,4654Paramount
7The Rum Diary$986,73785%2,29220$431$8,422,4712FilmDistrict
8Real Steel$928,809184%2,438-476$381$76,272,0515Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$600,722114%1,391-181$432$35,401,0075Sony / Columbia
10Moneyball$586,629141%1,278-353$459$69,014,0197Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$491,46542%1,863-1154$264$16,840,4613Summit
12Courageous$488,439147%1,1384$429$28,900,1726Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$239,01390%1,105-733$216$67,834,1307Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$370,683262%514249$721$1,821,0092Sony / Columbia
250/50$313,58871%747-447$420$32,334,8296Summit
3Margin Call$204,166168%17838$1,147$2,002,6763Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$170,66037%644-910$265$7,219,5703Universal
5The Thing (2011)$78,720-13%384-1010$205$16,558,4004Universal
6Sarah's Key$75,8001678%318289$238$7,144,97516Weinstein Company
7Contagion$68,47391%260-151$263$74,319,5889Warner Bros.
8The Smurfs$67,524--278-25$243$141,035,55515Sony / Columbia
9Drive (2011)$62,00349%136-58$456$33,929,1118FilmDistrict
10Dream House$61,050161%330-255$185$21,006,5806Universal
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$50,109155%199-32$252$176,012,68514Fox
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$44,782106%172-78$260$84,024,13815Warner Bros.
13Abduction$41,014108%207-144$198$27,276,7357Lionsgate
14The Big Year$32,13040%213-210$151$6,945,2264Fox
15The Mighty Macs$24,7564%101-288$245$1,667,7143Quaker Media
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$22,06462%22562$98$380,775,32917Warner Bros.
17What's Your Number?$17,937204%10240$176$13,899,0746Fox
18Captain America: The First Avenger$17,677154%102-37$173$176,597,68216Paramount
19Killer Elite$13,001-5%119-138$109$24,977,0387Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$129,175341%9866$1,318$694,4273Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$80,656389%1612$5,041$258,6522Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$24,44492%490$499$13,892,60631Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Double (2011)$19,388545%4534$431$57,7562Image Entertainment
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$10,790166%98-53$110$38,308,24212Weinstein Company
6Apollo 18$9,38957%93-27$101$17,637,28810Weinstein Company
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,944203%52-23$172$23,997,11511FilmDistrict
8Laugh at My Pain$7,673142%39-12$197$7,658,7609CodeBlack Entertainment
9The Son of No One$6,603--10--$660$6,6031Anchor Bay Films
10Our Idiot Brother$6,334185%35-16$181$24,778,20111Weinstein Company
11Shark Night 3D$6,21571%44-46$141$18,817,56810Relativity Media
12Munger Road$3,914107%9-1$435$252,8286Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$2,141-18%12-1$178$515,2197Relativity Media
14Texas Killing Fields$1,27624%103$128$38,9874Anchor Bay Films
15Circumstance$1,044-8%5-2$209$434,32811Roadside Attractions
16I Don't Know How She Does It$9289%8-6$116$9,606,8628Weinstein Company
17Dirty Girl$680369%65$113$52,3825Weinstein Company
18Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$607137%5-1$121$484,80310Indomina Media
19The Future$138-57%50$28$566,64015Roadside Attractions
20Project Nim$95197%30$32$406,19318Roadside Attractions