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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Jul. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$5,865,438-58%4,10719$1,428$266,944,1382Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$3,764,211-53%3,040--$1,238$32,066,3761Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$2,456,640-53%3,482--$706$22,522,2571Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$1,986,673-54%3,990-125$498$150,818,2033Disney
5Bad Teacher$1,215,169-50%2,962-87$410$79,886,9883Sony / Columbia
6Monte Carlo$668,014-31%2,4730$270$16,793,5212Fox
7Larry Crowne$655,005-57%2,9763$220$26,852,6952Universal
8Super 8$580,750-54%2,292-796$253$118,650,2965Paramount
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$465,479-44%1,996-865$233$58,516,6884Fox
10Green Lantern$422,252-53%2,015-1265$210$110,153,4334Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$347,130-51%1,102-287$315$158,489,1609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$194,366-55%847-755$229$142,284,4876Fox
2Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$150,944-47%622-851$243$236,401,4238Disney
3The Hangover Part II$144,154-54%835-733$173$250,961,4017Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$131,784-48%650-631$203$159,146,2147Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$109,044-56%2379$460$9,123,5117Fox Searchlight
6Thor$93,836-46%31545$298$178,833,80710Paramount
7Rio (2011)$71,621-38%272-36$263$141,353,69713Fox
8Beginners$60,816-63%15547$392$3,311,5656Focus
9Fast Five$37,355-54%241-61$155$208,820,04011Universal
10A Better Life$36,582-69%153142$239$596,1323Summit
11Water for Elephants$19,739-43%168-66$117$58,310,10512Fox
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$18,336-24%171-50$107$14,166,8535Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$13,196-54%112-28$118$53,213,63312Lionsgate
14Something Borrowed$11,448-35%113-78$101$38,842,33010Warner Bros.
15The Lincoln Lawyer$7,727-55%106-32$73$57,914,50517Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$58,457-14%481$1,218$8,764,14114Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$26,065-25%28-5$931$26,574,15669Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Delhi Belly$19,518-79%901$217$1,252,4882UTV Communications
4Insidious$14,329-44%8111$177$53,736,80415FilmDistrict
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,256-27%42-26$101$10,111,15511Weinstein Company
6Source Code$3,498-53%41-25$85$54,700,40015Summit
7Project Nim$3,213-60%4--$803$29,0331Roadside Attractions
8Submarine$2,845-46%19-1$150$380,6526Weinstein Company
9Everything Must Go$2,060-26%17-2$121$2,665,0609Roadside Attractions
10Jane Eyre (2011)$2,004-30%21-5$95$11,234,82918Focus
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,247--4--$312$220,16243Collective Eye
12The Conspirator$901-48%150$60$11,513,18213Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$604-54%3--$201$91,0296Dada Films
1435 and Ticking$360-72%42$90$85,4508Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$314-56%4-1$79$254,21317Roadside Attractions
16Chillar Party$283-73%7--$40$4,4381UTV Communications
17Beautiful Boy$131-80%3-1$44$73,2896Anchor Bay Films