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, Feb. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$15,293,042--2,958--$5,170$15,293,0421Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$13,645,625--3,119--$4,375$13,645,6251Universal
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8,602,102--2,655--$3,240$8,602,1021Fox
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,541,362--3,470--$1,885$6,541,3621Warner Bros. / New Line
5Chronicle$3,557,123189%2,9081$1,223$31,424,3902Fox
6The Woman in Black$3,384,716277%2,8561$1,185$28,540,2032CBS Films
7The Grey$1,362,31794%2,801-406$486$39,104,5813Open Road
8Big Miracle$938,520176%2,1334$440$10,274,4552Universal
9The Descendants$877,260104%1,581-457$555$68,106,87313Fox Searchlight
10One For the Money$675,14862%2,056-681$328$22,053,8533Lionsgate
11Underworld Awakening$670,50335%1,657-979$405$57,104,8724Sony / Screen Gems
12Red Tails$637,78257%1,580-767$404$43,301,1684Fox
13Man on a Ledge$398,69914%1,423-1575$280$16,568,9093Lionsgate
14Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$387,97528%1,375-1130$282$28,321,8648Warner Bros.
15Contraband$362,13518%1,081-966$335$63,745,6205Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$558,11197%808-197$691$22,319,89712Weinstein Company
2Hugo$360,69387%702-328$514$63,037,51212Paramount
3The Iron Lady$296,71724%512-509$580$21,938,0127Weinstein Company
4Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$196,245--111--$1,768$196,2451UTV Communications
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$186,91625%469-608$399$205,994,7179Paramount
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$135,692103%232-70$585$21,583,26110Focus
7Joyful Noise$131,39018%686-664$192$29,531,9035Warner Bros.
8Beauty and the Beast 3D$127,572-30%678-1041$188$45,750,7675Disney
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$123,42019%269-399$459$100,444,2098Sony / Columbia
10War Horse$114,629-2%502-661$228$77,863,0038Disney / DreamWorks
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$95,038134%502-316$189$128,614,8929Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$94,4656%265-592$356$184,338,7639Warner Bros.
13We Bought a Zoo$88,745112%420-334$211$72,974,6508Fox
14Albert Nobbs$70,35228%151-94$466$1,829,9313Roadside Attractions
15The Adventures of Tintin$69,80845%257-229$272$75,601,2668Paramount
16Haywire$58,347-53%263-988$222$18,433,3564Relativity Media
17My Week with Marilyn$55,11265%125-46$441$13,191,16812Weinstein Company
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$52,82086%230-66$230$281,042,70913Lionsgate / Summit
19Puss in Boots (2011)$42,941154%209-44$205$148,566,61916Paramount / DreamWorks
20Jack and Jill$39,337--187-35$210$73,712,21514Sony / Columbia
21Happy Feet Two$35,613155%202-53$176$63,524,78913Warner Bros.
22New Year's Eve$19,27167%155-67$124$54,450,19510Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,32436%44-1$598$16,081,24945Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$23,38760%52-12$450$3,545,64711Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$15,669308%1713$922$79,8162Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$14,40778%99-27$146$30,369,51910Fox
5The Devil Inside$10,461-25%95-208$110$53,125,2246Paramount
6Coriolanus$7,53322%11-3$685$244,2134Weinstein Company
7Pariah (2011)$6,22040%13-6$478$640,3037Focus
8Chico & Rita$5,438--1--$5,438$5,4381GKIDS
9Immortals$4,1536%33-29$126$83,473,93514Relativity Media
10J. Edgar$4,103-21%42-93$98$37,283,87814Warner Bros.
11Young Adult$3,61136%35-23$103$16,247,77710Paramount
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,83156%103$283$264,0338FilmDistrict
13The Darkest Hour$1,90723%18-21$106$21,212,5168Summit
14Vettai$61789%2-2$309$195,5415UTV Communications
15Margin Call$144--20$72$5,352,98717Roadside Attractions