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 Sun, Dec. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$12,649,372-11%4,10055$3,085$150,041,2652Warner Bros. / New Line
2Jack Reacher$4,524,644-20%3,352--$1,350$15,210,1561Paramount
3This is 40$3,451,905-22%2,913--$1,185$11,579,1751Universal
4Rise of The Guardians$1,933,775-13%3,031-356$638$79,527,0475Paramount / DreamWorks
5Lincoln$1,900,120-15%2,2938$829$116,673,5987Disney / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$1,738,424-16%2,431--$715$7,321,2431Paramount
7Skyfall$1,674,503-13%2,365-559$708$279,959,3147Sony / Columbia
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,501,316-20%2,618--$573$6,259,6671Disney
9Life of Pi$1,490,110-2%1,750-798$851$76,373,4815Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$855,616-15%2,000-1042$428$281,632,6896Lionsgate / Summit
11Wreck-It Ralph$617,968-15%1,444-805$428$171,741,5618Disney
12Red Dawn (2012)$243,930-20%1,011-1239$241$42,626,7835FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$648,573-8%840--$772$2,282,3681Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$617,881-15%3710$1,665$19,861,2386Weinstein Company
3Argo$318,559-14%450-217$708$106,435,36311Warner Bros.
4Anna Karenina (2012)$232,669-14%331-78$703$9,639,3746Focus
5Flight$221,031-20%742-1081$298$90,957,8588Paramount
6Hitchcock$186,964-22%535-26$349$4,194,9685Fox Searchlight
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$130,416-19%851-1989$153$12,410,4633FilmDistrict
8Hotel Transylvania$102,455-21%301165$340$144,264,74013Sony / Columbia
9Here Comes the Boom$68,655-24%291141$236$42,936,47711Sony / Columbia
10Taken 2$61,944-26%275-64$225$138,469,72312Fox
11Killing Them Softly$38,931-8%149-1278$261$14,736,3314Weinstein Company
12Pitch Perfect$38,520-23%214-118$180$64,124,35813Universal
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$25,714-12%14116$182$17,146,73014Lionsgate / Summit
14End of Watch$24,293-13%1720$141$40,594,53814Open Road
15The Collection$23,763-24%112-509$212$6,810,7544LD Entertainment
16Looper$10,620-23%100-90$106$66,396,95413Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$146,975-5%5--$29,395$646,1621Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$123,613-29%8650$1,437$916,5713Focus
3The Impossible$50,662-9%15--$3,377$143,8181Lionsgate / Summit
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$33,170-31%151$2,211$621,6815Warner Bros.
5The Sessions$28,790-31%98-53$294$5,375,00910Fox Searchlight
6A Late Quartet$17,283-19%39-7$443$1,165,5218Entertainment One / RKO
7To the Arctic 3D$16,543-2%520$318$10,307,86436Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Cloud Atlas$14,522-6%50-48$290$26,721,9019Warner Bros.
9Talaash$13,529-4%25-88$541$2,801,6654Reliance Entertainment
10Sinister$8,941-22%93-91$96$47,988,00311Lionsgate / Summit
11Alex Cross$8,757-23%94-81$93$25,801,29110Lionsgate / Summit
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,303-32%72-12$101$161,055,79024Fox
13Born to Be Wild 3D$6,72910%300$224$21,551,66790Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Not Fade Away$6,501-12%3--$2,167$19,1821Paramount Vantage
15Paranormal Activity 4$3,847-21%50-107$77$53,849,88810Paramount
16The Master$3,533-28%13-1$272$15,933,45215Weinstein Company
17The Intouchables$3,197-17%7-18$457$13,094,64631Weinstein Company
18ParaNorman$1,531-27%24-37$64$55,978,94219Focus
19Arbitrage$1,287-14%5-5$257$7,899,16615Roadside Attractions