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 Sun, May. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$17,792,788-7%4,248--$4,189$54,592,7791Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$12,956,164-8%3,918-331$3,307$513,371,6594Disney
3Battleship$3,868,590-6%3,70212$1,045$44,555,8152Universal
4The Dictator$3,180,042-4%3,0146$1,055$41,124,6642Paramount
5Dark Shadows$2,596,147-8%3,404-351$763$62,987,2833Warner Bros.
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,267,060-13%3,0210$750$22,149,1672Lionsgate
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,253,914-8%1,233879$1,828$16,586,6994Fox Searchlight
8Chernobyl Diaries$2,039,237-15%2,433--$838$7,955,3071Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$829,474-6%1,421-643$584$395,320,19110Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$499,739-11%786-936$636$88,337,2066Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$390,660-8%884-956$442$27,286,5925Sony / Columbia
321 Jump Street$207,625-24%364103$570$136,503,52211Sony / Columbia
4The Lucky One (2012)$182,171-14%615-1390$296$58,279,6626Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$156,738-19%42215$371$62,200,7599Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$154,050-23%39011$395$210,839,55513Universal
7The Three Stooges$111,157-16%325-269$342$42,303,9277Fox
8The Five-Year Engagement$97,270-14%274-901$355$27,949,8405Universal
9Wrath of the Titans$81,250-9%255-105$319$82,927,7569Warner Bros.
10The Cabin in the Woods$62,801-2%203-245$309$40,933,1457Lionsgate
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$59,601-14%175-70$341$103,110,61116Warner Bros. / New Line
12Girl in Progress$52,32614%143-179$366$2,405,7633Lionsgate / Pantelion
13American Reunion$31,350-41%165-125$190$56,706,7558Universal
14Safe (2012)$23,102-1%112-391$206$16,799,1285Lionsgate
15The Raven$21,494-5%111-321$194$15,735,5035Relativity Media
16Bully (2012)$11,8817%104-100$114$3,297,0259Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$172,443-3%4--$43,111$522,9961Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$80,1291%501$1,603$2,310,3466Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$48,09814%6712$718$456,8442Branded/Peck Films
4The Intouchables$37,7012%4--$9,425$103,5071Weinstein Company
5Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$30,024-11%87-47$345$8,865,97812CBS Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,789-6%340$582$19,069,21760Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sound of My Voice$13,106-13%425$312$310,3815Fox Searchlight
8Titanic 3D$12,518-1%42-28$298$57,801,0228Paramount
9A Thousand Words$10,776-12%59-51$183$18,429,08112Paramount
10This Means War$7,158-35%44-46$163$54,719,74715Fox
11The Artist$4,4281%20-83$221$44,575,36927Weinstein Company
12Act of Valor$3,40524%39-57$87$70,002,49814Relativity Media
13Friends With Kids$2,48816%9-16$276$7,238,97712Roadside Attractions
14Undefeated$1,58722%6-3$265$555,16515Weinstein Company
15Red Tails$70245%74$100$49,871,44019Fox
16Tonight You're Mine$68335%3--$228$5,0863Roadside Attractions
17Coriolanus$68035%4-4$170$756,02619Weinstein Company
18Lovely Molly$345-54%2-3$173$17,9772Image Entertainment
19Blue Like Jazz$21222%3-4$71$594,4677Roadside Attractions