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, Sep. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$1,484,05217%2,730--$544$15,905,1561Open Road
2Trouble with the Curve$1,237,15245%3,212--$385$14,253,5681Warner Bros.
3House at the End of the Street$940,86754%3,083--$305$13,840,0651Relativity Media
4Dredd 3D$734,88329%2,506--$293$7,581,3031Lionsgate
5Resident Evil: Retribution$698,83129%3,0164$232$34,711,1072Sony / Screen Gems
6Finding Nemo 3D$617,70135%2,9040$213$31,250,2432Disney
7Lawless$274,23034%2,614-449$105$34,956,0704Weinstein Company
8The Possession$225,58935%2,598-262$87$45,684,4514Lionsgate
9The Bourne Legacy$142,45033%1,431-739$100$110,652,3507Universal
10The Expendables 2$141,93131%1,820-1076$78$83,269,6906Lionsgate
112016: Obama's America$135,21913%1,216--$111$32,277,11011Rocky Mountain Pictures
12ParaNorman$135,14522%1,617-709$84$52,828,9696Focus
13The Campaign$124,23833%1,250-752$99$85,203,8597Warner Bros.
14Hope Springs (2012)$104,88143%1,147-799$91$62,332,8367Sony / Columbia
15The Odd Life of Timothy Green$101,12224%1,752-663$58$48,838,8126Disney
16The Words$88,91054%1,247-1554$71$11,146,9593CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$75,68619%1,064--$71$2,904,7232Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$385,65010%788783$489$6,183,6952Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$128,36024%948-633$135$443,355,81610Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$107,61530%24447$441$4,048,4142Roadside Attractions
4Barfi!$63,707103%130-2$490$2,072,5562UTV Communications
5Heroine$43,516162%114--$382$450,0301UTV Communications
6Premium Rush$40,28455%567-772$71$19,731,3435Sony / Columbia
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$35,63812%420-121$85$158,628,74211Fox
8Ted (2012)$29,16524%293-118$100$217,891,50513Universal
9The Intouchables$23,48848%156-24$151$12,292,52218Weinstein Company
10Hit and Run$19,63638%291-360$67$13,640,0805Open Road
11For A Good Time, Call...$19,61739%105-2$187$1,118,0114Focus
12Moonrise Kingdom$15,682-9%120-37$131$45,194,49318Focus
13Beasts of the Southern Wild$14,71720%132-80$111$10,929,95213Fox Searchlight
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$14,713-1%374-217$39$47,808,8778Fox
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$13,70330%240-66$57$215,920,70416Paramount / DreamWorks
16Step Up Revolution$9,17618%182-86$50$34,977,0069Lionsgate / Summit
17The Cold Light of Day$9,008118%155-1356$58$3,704,5423Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$25,09135%4--$6,273$272,0711Lionsgate / Summit
2To the Arctic 3D$10,827-27%520$208$8,683,09923Warner Bros. / IMAX
310 Years$8,99441%4340$209$120,4882Anchor Bay Films
4The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$7,39467%47-33$157$46,274,87921Fox Searchlight
5My Uncle Rafael$7,30024%14--$521$122,9451Rocky Mountain Pictures
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$6,474-1%85-237$76$3,068,3353Paramount
7The Watch$5,6489%77-61$73$34,243,4569Fox
8Magic Mike$3,26543%55-60$59$113,715,54813Warner Bros.
9Ruby Sparks$2,97450%43-27$69$2,483,2149Fox Searchlight
10Safety Not Guaranteed$2,90335%40-6$73$3,963,09416FilmDistrict
11Born to Be Wild 3D$2,650-35%330$80$20,892,29377Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Toys in the Attic$87621%6--$146$50,1633Hannover House
13The Apparition$660-4%35-33$19$4,861,8325Warner Bros.
14Husbands In Goa$477155%7--$68$5,1471UTV Communications
15Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$38911%70$56$3,372,2097ARC Entertainment
16Cosmopolis$2587%9-22$29$758,0666Entertainment One Films
17Branded$75-20%2-78$38$353,3963Roadside Attractions