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 Sun, Apr. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$5,825,646-34%3,879-186$1,502$125,351,8963Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$5,555,846-38%3,73415$1,488$86,438,4492Paramount
3Evil Dead$5,093,289-42%3,025--$1,684$25,775,8471Sony / TriStar
4Jurassic Park 3D$4,585,025-35%2,771--$1,655$18,620,1451Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$2,717,776-37%3,059-47$888$71,236,6333FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,299,787-48%2,0470$1,123$38,469,1462Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,105,023-39%2,905-419$725$212,606,9525Disney
8The Host (2013)$1,162,395-47%3,2020$363$19,624,3282Open Road
9The Call$857,651-43%2,002-437$428$45,481,3414Sony / TriStar
10Admission$430,181-50%1,407-754$306$15,265,5963Focus
11Spring Breakers$306,197-33%1,072-307$286$12,616,7644A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$180,250-50%721-361$250$131,232,3359Universal
2Jack the Giant Slayer$141,587-38%502-578$282$62,469,8306Warner Bros. / New Line
3Silver Linings Playbook$141,053-48%524-228$269$129,725,11721Weinstein Company
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$122,093-41%535-1040$228$21,807,5014Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$103,169-35%252-50$409$17,200,54613Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$98,071-35%269-71$365$123,920,58320Fox
7Warm Bodies$69,374-41%287125$242$65,584,01810Lionsgate / Summit
8Escape From Planet Earth$67,424-38%432-545$156$54,440,4648Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$56,518-52%360-190$157$70,327,9528Relativity Media
10Snitch (2013)$53,972-45%304-442$178$41,784,3317Lionsgate / Summit
11A Good Day to Die Hard$43,019-40%22516$191$66,795,6508Fox
1221 And Over$38,581-47%180-164$214$25,279,2336Relativity Media
13Django Unchained$37,001-36%183-50$202$162,549,16215Weinstein Company
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$36,221-42%180-22$201$55,439,52111Paramount
15Emperor$35,490-32%120-18$296$3,109,8845Roadside Attractions
16Argo$22,721-38%172-88$132$135,897,80026Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$15,245-27%14671$104$10,828,6785FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$14,933-60%110-30$136$77,045,46215Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$213,434-24%3026$7,114$1,089,4092Focus
2The Sapphires$75,669-45%6048$1,261$443,9823Weinstein Company
3From Up on Poppy Hill$39,355-28%4116$960$472,4904GKIDS
4Trance$34,042-43%4--$8,511$131,1451Fox Searchlight
5Side Effects (2013)$25,036-50%80-22$313$31,391,4839Open Road
6Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$19,739-15%16--$1,234$69,3061CodeBlack Films
7Stoker$17,075-35%89-105$192$1,628,3786Fox Searchlight
8The Impossible$16,441-27%80-6$206$18,907,06916Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$14,606-14%89-45$164$103,400,69220Paramount / DreamWorks
10To the Arctic 3D$13,957-18%520$268$12,026,92551Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$13,736-50%3114$443$3,605,6063eOne Films US
12Settai$12,156-45%33--$368$52,3861UTV Motion Pictures
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,104-41%77-68$131$302,932,62417Warner Bros. / New Line
14Born to Be Wild 3D$6,977-33%300$233$22,425,536105Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Himmatwala$6,730-32%61-38$110$262,5682UTV Motion Pictures
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$5,190-42%55-60$94$19,445,2178Warner Bros.
17Dark Skies$3,975-53%28-73$142$17,178,1667Weinstein / Dimension
18Camp (2013)$3,701-12%82$463$128,5637Freestyle Releasing
19Girl Rising$2,379-61%63$397$589,7135Gathr Films
20Bless Me, Ultima$2,188-8%6-5$365$1,559,5567Arenas Entertainment
21The Playroom$1,057-35%12--$88$3,9001Freestyle Releasing
22Down the Shore$966-41%2--$483$4,8081Anchor Bay Films
23Kai Po Che$401-29%2-3$201$1,119,8767UTV Motion Pictures
24The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$180-58%2-5$90$370,2896Methinx Entertainment