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. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$23,430,665-32%3,938--$5,950$95,023,7211Disney
2Noah$4,930,023-32%3,5714$1,381$72,386,9052Paramount
3Divergent$3,066,149-47%3,631-305$844$114,005,5533Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$2,542,522-15%1,758580$1,446$32,558,1873Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$1,768,620-38%3,052-142$579$42,002,8083Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,593,939-41%1,263286$1,262$33,195,6575Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,478,638-37%2,931-368$504$102,033,3835Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$604,299-27%2,4860$243$8,858,3432Open Road
9Need For Speed$443,486-46%1,779-926$249$40,810,7454Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$422,380-48%1,724-791$245$88,104,1206Universal
11The LEGO Movie$412,395-35%1,350-651$305$250,608,5849Warner Bros.
12300: Rise of an Empire$404,092-36%1,555-1046$260$104,023,9265Warner Bros.
13Bad Words$400,901-43%1,074232$373$5,941,6814Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$325,534-12%6640$490$4,598,1722Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$109,972-8%481-796$229$58,545,2756Fox
3Frozen (2013)$92,841-52%321-66$289$398,938,89020Disney
4Frankie & Alice$89,062-39%171--$521$350,6471Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$80,800-47%425-714$190$15,659,8284Lionsgate
6The Nut Job$80,233-37%285-9$282$63,506,25212Open Road
7Gravity$68,640-32%255120$269$273,605,31427Warner Bros.
8The Monuments Men$51,952-48%308-193$169$76,974,2949Sony / Columbia
9Ride Along$45,980-46%236-124$195$133,941,07012Universal
10Jinn$37,992-33%201--$189$149,3371Freestyle Releasing
11Philomena$24,341-34%197-5$124$37,470,37020Weinstein Company
12Pompeii$21,620-27%134-28$161$23,091,1277Sony / TriStar
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$17,498-32%130-55$135$258,307,30417Warner Bros. / New Line
14Lone Survivor$17,435-42%140-25$125$125,069,69615Universal
1512 Years a Slave$17,360-43%128-100$136$56,501,00125Fox Searchlight
16RoboCop (2014)$15,882-32%118-50$135$57,372,1338Sony / Columbia
173 Days to Kill$15,734-48%131-209$120$30,388,4067Relativity Media
18American Hustle$12,435-49%119-69$104$150,117,80717Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$59,386-17%37--$1,605$188,3071Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$16,665-46%44--$379$69,4471CBS Films
3Ernest & Celestine$11,094-18%2412$462$171,8286GKIDS
4Veronica Mars$9,048-42%74-136$122$3,285,1234Warner Bros.
5Her (2013)$7,988-46%85-25$94$25,523,80616Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$7,189-46%52-47$138$27,242,01223Focus
7Dom Hemingway$6,898-47%4--$1,725$38,7281Fox Searchlight
8About Last Night$6,819-44%44-47$155$48,473,6488Sony / Screen Gems
9Gloria (2014)$3,222-35%17-19$190$2,048,26811Roadside Attractions
10August: Osage County$3,017-49%42-39$72$37,699,25615Weinstein Company
11The Players$2,023-32%50--$40$6,6741Weinstein Company
12On the Other Side of the Tracks$1,911-20%50--$38$5,9231Weinstein Company
13Watermark$1,437-49%2--$719$7,7241eOne Films US
14Vampire Academy$735-31%11-13$67$7,791,1469Weinstein Company
15Stalingrad (2014)$5947%10-56$59$1,013,9456Sony / Columbia
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$307-74%31$102$28,1969Rialto Pictures