Grosses

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Posts Strong $27.7 Million Opening DayJuly 12, 2014 03:30 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Fox reports that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes amassed $27.7 million on Friday, including late Thursday night's $4.1 million take. BoxOffice projects the sequel will tally an impressive $70 million this weekend, handily topping Rise of the Planet of the Apes' $54.8 million debut three summers ago. Early word of mouth appears very strong with a 93 percent Flixster user score, as well as a 90 percent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics. Since the start of summer, only fellow Fox release X-Men: Days of Future Past has posted a higher Flixster score on the day following release. Fox's The Fault In Our Stars also boasted a 93 percent vote.

Meanwhile, Transformers: Age of Extinction handed off the top spot to Apes as the former added $4.8 million for its third Friday. Extinction's domestic total now stands at $197.4 million and will cross the $200 million threshold early Saturday. Look for the sequel to tally around $16 million this weekend.

Warner Bros. reports that Tammy added $4.04 million yesterday, giving it a $48.5 million domestic total through 10 days of release. Its sophomore frame should land around $13.1 million.

22 Jump Street continued to hold its own as it claimed fourth place with $2.05 million on Friday. The comedy sequel's domestic take is up to $167.3 million after 29 days. BoxOffice projects a $6.3 million weekend.

Earth to Echo rounded out the top five with $1.76 million yesterday, giving it $20.86 million in its first 10 days and a projected sophomore frame of $5.7 million.

Fox/DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon 2 wasn't far behind, though, with $1.75 million and a new domestic cume of $147.95 million. BoxOffice projects $5.6 million this weekend.

Meanwhile, Deliver Us from Evil claimed $1.57 million, increasing its total to $21.87 million through 10 days. BoxOffice projects $4.5 million for the weekend.

On the limited release front, Begin Again took in a healthy $824,000 from 939 locations yesterday. BoxOffice projects $2.7 million for the weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 1 - Sun, Aug. 3

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aliens$7,060,101-18%1,4540$4,856$25,752,4353Fox
2Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives$6,750,837--1,610--$4,193$6,750,8371Paramount
3Howard the Duck$5,070,136--1,554--$3,263$5,070,1361Universal
4The Karate Kid Part II$4,168,492-16%1,601-9$2,604$49,171,1967Columbia
5Ruthless People$3,476,646-24%1,032-82$3,369$28,578,1716Disney
6Top Gun$3,472,515-9%1,312-39$2,647$70,580,17112Paramount
7Back to School$2,533,257-30%1,221-213$2,075$44,256,9768Orion
8Maximum Overdrive$1,420,177-56%1,127-71$1,260$4,625,8212DEG
9Haunted Honeymoon$1,330,073-52%1,0471$1,270$4,098,0762Orion