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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 5 - Sun, Oct. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$49,514,769--3,661--$13,525$49,514,7691Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$27,053,395-36%3,3523$8,071$76,711,9272Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$14,846,830188%2,7702435$5,360$21,693,0382Universal
4Looper$12,116,001-42%2,9931$4,048$40,216,6522Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$11,412,213--3,005--$3,798$11,412,2131Disney
6End of Watch$4,004,071-49%2,370-410$1,689$32,850,0173Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$3,829,153-47%3,003-209$1,275$29,668,9763Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$3,756,023-47%2,720-363$1,381$27,589,1673Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$1,624,536-60%1,746-893$930$39,038,9974Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$1,158,066-61%1,361-1020$851$41,008,7964Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$1,016,157-61%2,5172$404$4,483,6702Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$1,861,703-31%8648$2,155$12,337,0324Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,566,52642%221119$7,088$3,348,8653Lionsgate / Summit
3The Dark Knight Rises$674,436-15%575-80$1,173$445,369,64112Warner Bros.
4Dredd 3D$645,241-73%831-1726$776$12,695,6553Lionsgate
5Arbitrage$641,365-26%244-11$2,629$6,055,9814Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$623,500-54%821-797$759$48,391,3836Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$344,630-56%482-342$715$112,275,3059Universal
8Lawless$326,661-62%611-892$535$37,001,4606Weinstein Company
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$300,232-22%300-87$1,001$159,473,26213Fox
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$270,781-58%534-653$507$50,199,9208Disney
11ParaNorman$235,671-70%342-867$689$54,354,2868Focus
12Hope Springs (2012)$213,355-50%439-252$486$63,327,3099Sony / Columbia
13The Oranges$198,461--110--$1,804$198,4611IDP/ATO Pictures
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$177,072-7%257-75$689$48,252,59610Fox
15The Campaign$175,836-64%303-327$580$86,265,3719Warner Bros.
162016: Obama's America$173,495-58%249-326$697$33,349,94113Rocky Mountain Pictures
17The Expendables 2$167,624-68%313-502$536$84,370,3588Lionsgate
18Barfi!$163,237-49%110-17$1,484$2,692,1614UTV Communications
19Brave$160,07415%1228$1,312$233,928,69816Disney
20Ted (2012)$146,795-16%187-38$785$218,344,09515Universal
21The Amazing Spider-Man$123,472-44%145-59$852$261,939,21414Sony / Columbia
22Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$101,462-32%155-48$655$216,233,75418Paramount / DreamWorks
23Total Recall (2012)$83,735-48%167-72$501$58,877,96910Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1English Vinglish$745,414--88--$8,471$745,4141Eros International
2Samsara$126,684-16%52-7$2,436$1,604,1257Oscilloscope
3The Intouchables$106,046-22%84-37$1,262$12,639,13920Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$103,02514%520$1,981$8,965,55925Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Paperboy$102,706--11--$9,337$102,7061Millennium Entertainment
6Sleepwalk With Me$94,186-38%95-25$991$2,031,4557IFC Films
7Searching For Sugar Man$86,563-9%381$2,278$1,435,23411Sony Pictures Classics
8Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$85,039-6%184$4,724$330,6703IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Butter$70,931--90--$788$70,9311RADiUS-TWC
10Robot & Frank$64,616-35%70-46$923$3,167,7008IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
11Unconditional$59,400-72%92-139$646$1,005,8003Veracity Moving Pictures
12Moonrise Kingdom$54,896-17%9210$597$45,382,15720Focus
13Premium Rush$51,354-61%77-131$667$20,013,3227Sony / Columbia
14Hubble 3D$45,94070%140$3,281$34,624,225134Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Beasts of the Southern Wild$41,115-41%51-18$806$11,101,49815Fox Searchlight
16Last Ounce of Courage$39,061-75%93-204$420$3,310,4394Rocky Mountain Pictures
17Thaandavam$37,953-69%21-24$1,807$183,6612UTV Communications
18V/H/S$36,402--16--$2,275$36,4021Magnolia / Magnet
19Born to Be Wild 3D$34,64029%330$1,050$20,980,94679Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Liberal Arts$31,649-36%29-3$1,091$210,8164IFC Films
21Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$30,953--12--$2,579$30,9531Roadside Attractions
22The Watch$29,604-10%32-14$925$34,331,90511Fox
23Detropia$29,2657%110$2,660$218,3785Loki Films
24The Queen of Versailles$23,898-36%31-7$771$2,333,80512Magnolia Pictures
25To Rome with Love$21,864-39%15-8$1,458$16,626,25116Sony Pictures Classics
26My Uncle Rafael$19,384-57%3-2$6,461$210,1563Rocky Mountain Pictures
27The Apparition$16,626-56%38-27$438$4,930,7987Warner Bros.
28The House I Live In$16,453--2--$8,227$16,4531Abramorama
29Chicken With Plums$14,06585%2415$586$199,9818Sony Pictures Classics
30For A Good Time, Call...$13,273-75%43-41$309$1,243,9616Focus
31The Other Dream Team$12,991-34%75$1,856$37,2212The Film Arcade
32How To Survive A Plague$12,019-26%70$1,717$77,5783IFC Films
33Hit and Run$11,027-73%51-81$216$13,746,5507Open Road
34The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,639-59%18-14$591$46,343,53423Fox Searchlight
35Heroine$10,297-86%18-79$572$593,3443UTV Communications
36Vulgaria$10,167-67%9-7$1,130$53,2322China Lion Film
37Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,956--1--$8,956$8,9561Oscilloscope
38Safety Not Guaranteed$7,552-40%24-10$315$3,993,91118FilmDistrict
39Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$6,761--1--$6,761$6,7611Drafthouse Films
40Keep the Lights On$6,641-29%3-2$2,214$183,7775Music Box Films
41Under the Sea 3D$6,56269%5-2$1,312$32,384,633191Warner Bros. / IMAX
42The Well-Digger's Daughter$6,191-19%6-5$1,032$315,64112Kino Lorber
432 Days In New York$6,178-17%145$441$610,5439Magnolia Pictures
44Wild Horse, Wild Ride$5,737-25%7-1$820$103,1587Screen Media Films
45Celeste and Jesse Forever$5,388-71%15-19$359$3,068,93210Sony Pictures Classics
4610 Years$5,236-87%21-42$249$201,1464Anchor Bay Films
47Ruby Sparks$4,723-50%10-7$472$2,509,47711Fox Searchlight
48Hellbound?$4,159-4%50$832$16,7333Area23a
49Farewell, My Queen$4,073-27%8-4$509$1,335,49513Cohen Media Group
50Backwards$3,645-79%1-8$3,645$61,4653Dada Films
51Neil Young Journeys$3,64491%5-4$729$213,61215Sony Pictures Classics
52Death by China$3,1369%20$1,568$29,9938Area23a
53Head Games$2,705-17%52$541$8,6963Variance Films
54The Revisionaries$2,608--1--$2,608$2,6081Kino Lorber
55Somewhere Between$2,420-58%2-1$1,210$53,8367Long Shot Factory
56Compliance$2,169-65%7-8$310$307,6728Magnolia Pictures
57Monsieur Lazhar$1,966--2--$983$2,009,04150Music Box Films
58Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,94022%20$970$163,31722Rialto Pictures
59Bel Borba Aqui$1,869--1--$1,869$2,5071Abramorama
60Toys in the Attic$1,839-77%4-2$460$63,0155Hannover House
615 Broken Cameras$1,639461%10$1,639$72,45519Kino Lorber
62Now, Forager$1,539--1--$1,539$3,2691Argot Pictures
63Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,530-11%6-1$255$3,376,9059ARC Entertainment
64Bachelorette$1,375--5--$275$446,7705RADiUS-TWC
65Unforgivable$1,274-24%10$1,274$147,67515Strand Releasing
66Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,127--2--$564$86,21717Music Box Films
67Red Hook Summer$949-74%3-3$316$333,1999Variance Films
68The Waiting Room$780-89%40$195$17,8572International Film Circuit
69The Eye of the Storm$733-82%1-1$733$74,5755Sycamore Entertainment
70Trade of Innocents$588--1--$588$5881Monterey Media
71Radio Unnameable$96-97%10$96$18,3563Kino Lorber
7217 Girls$81-98%1-4$81$12,4463Strand Releasing
73Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$57--1--$57$3,20010Kino Lorber