Box Office Roundup: Apes Dominate

By Peter Towe

Published on Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dawn Of The Planet Of Apes [Walls720] (7)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened with amazing reviews, currently holding 91 % on Rotten Tomatoes, and has opened number one with an estimated $73 million.  Opening on more than 3,967 screens, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes crushed the weekend’s competition, and improved upon 2011’s Rise of the Planet of Ape‘s 2011 $53 million opening weekend.  While the numbers are strong, they don’t come close to the numbers seen by Transformers 4, X-Men, and Spiderman, Dawn may have more legs in the upcoming weeks (or at least until Guardians opens August 1).

Coming in at a distant second, Transformers: Age of Extinction finished with $16.5 million.  To date, the movie has made $209 million domestically.  Worldwide, the film has become the highest grossing movie of the year with $753 million, proving that it’s easily digestible.

In it’s second week of release, the Melissa McCarthy film Tammy finished third with $12.9 million and has so-far grossed $57.4 million.

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood opened on five-screens, and had a solid $71,000 per-theater average.  Look for the film to expand in the coming weeks.

Here’s the full top-ten weekend box office estimates.

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $73 million

2. Transformers: Age of Extinction $16.5 million

3. Tammy $12.9 million

4. 22 Jump Street $6.7 million

5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 $5.9 million

6. Earth to Echo $5.5 million

7. Deliver Us From Evil $4.7 million

8. Maleficent $4.2 million

9. Begin Again $2.9 million

10. Jersey Boys $2.5 million

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