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 Mon, May. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$7,982,835-63%3,868--$2,064$91,684,8161Paramount
2Iron Man 3$3,206,057-70%4,237-16$757$340,868,0343Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$2,716,077-60%3,55015$765$93,398,9092Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$401,015-61%2,429-874$165$47,113,1984Paramount
5The Croods$345,066-67%2,373-277$145$177,369,8519Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Oblivion (2013)$258,595-62%2,077-693$125$85,846,6055Universal
742 (2013)$251,293-69%2,380-550$106$89,067,9206Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$176,527-68%2,0410$86$8,044,2842Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$161,841-57%1,443-855$112$20,470,0294Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$232,818-65%960108$243$11,893,2044Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$63,256-71%535-239$118$231,414,41711Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$54,328-58%466-370$117$97,386,8769FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$46,019-55%317-352$145$20,673,9958Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$32,957-77%409-341$81$120,555,0008Paramount
6Scary Movie 5$28,666-76%508-499$56$31,235,0426Weinstein / Dimension
7Escape From Planet Earth$25,795-72%693439$37$55,638,19314Weinstein Company
8Jurassic Park 3D$25,470-78%428-225$60$45,325,1507Universal
9Jack the Giant Slayer$19,422-73%250-31$78$64,808,61812Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$15,785-75%241-38$65$134,004,92515Universal
11The Sapphires$14,052-48%102-16$138$2,003,2109Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$10,982-60%231-70$48$26,553,1808Open Road
13Snitch (2013)$8,564-78%153-35$56$42,847,35013Lionsgate / Summit
14Tyler Perry's Temptation$8,541-61%150-128$57$51,856,3578Lionsgate
15Admission$5,664-57%129-27$44$17,960,6549Focus
16Silver Linings Playbook$5,187-58%131-192$40$132,033,86727Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$19,461-62%6139$319$439,1994Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$14,7504238%37-26$399$1,245,83411Gathr Films
3Stories We Tell$13,363-66%2321$581$188,4662Roadside Attractions
4To the Arctic 3D$12,14412%520$234$12,548,34357Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,240-43%241$302$197,0813eOne Films US
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,25863%300$109$22,654,779111Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Quartet$3,054-56%42-17$73$18,199,25819Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$3,027-50%90-34$34$71,327,53614Relativity Media
9Life of Pi$3,020-66%51-19$59$124,866,52526Fox
10From Up on Poppy Hill$2,741-61%36-1$76$931,73810GKIDS
11Spring Breakers$2,048-42%11-5$186$14,051,64110A24
12Trance$1,956-50%23-17$85$2,297,5707Fox Searchlight
13Filly Brown$1,918-77%39-53$49$2,769,6115Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Not Today$1,661-56%61$277$178,4556Freestyle Releasing
15Dark Skies$1,627-71%323$51$17,413,55713Weinstein / Dimension
16A Good Day to Die Hard$1,363-70%31-19$44$67,345,75514Fox
17Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$1,218-79%25-18$49$170,5973Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Starbuck$1,043-43%90$116$3,790,6669eOne Films US
19No One Lives$892-54%12-41$74$73,0332Anchor Bay Films
20Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$529-75%15--$35$7,1311Freestyle Releasing
21Emperor$382-78%7-3$55$3,326,98611Roadside Attractions
22The Painting (2013)$195-75%10$195$6,4732GKIDS
23Camp (2013)$79-77%2-1$40$316,65713Freestyle Releasing