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Weekend Box Office Report: July 11-13, 2014

Jul. 13, 2014by: Dave Davis

Apes grab the cash!

Our future simian overlords asserted their dominance at theaters this weekend as DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES climbed to the top of the box office with an estimated $73 million!

The sequel came out stronger than the surprise hit RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, which opened in August 2011 with $54.8 million and went on to $176.7 million domestic and $481.8 million globally. It's also easily the biggest opening for director Matt Reeves -- DAWN's opening nearly matched CLOVERFIELD's $80 million total.

The post-apocalyptic primate/human conflict got two opposable thumbs up from critics (91% on Rotten Tomatoes) and an 'A-' CinemaScore from crowds. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES doesn't swing into most foreign territories until the next few weeks after the World Cup, so it remains to be seen how much monkey business it will do internationally (the movie came with a $170 million price tag).

Michael Bay's latest robo-throwdown TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION skidded to second place after two weeks on top, adding another $16.5 million as it smashed through the $200 million domestic barrier. It has collected $752 million worldwide so far, including $262 million just from China (the highest-grossing release ever in that country), serving as a prime example of why so many big movies aim for overseas audiences now.

In third place, Melissa McCarthy's TAMMY grabbed another $12.9 million -- a drop of only 40% from its opening last week, which is a wonder considering the harsh reaction it received from both critics and crowds (23% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 'C+' CinemaScore). The R-rated comedy is up to a 12-day total of $57.3 million (on a reported $20 million cost).

22 JUMP STREET is still holding firm in fourth with another $6.7 million (and a $171.9 million total after five weeks), followed by HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 hovering in fifth place with $5.8 million. Two of last weekend's new offerings came in after, with the family sci-fi adventure EARTH TO ECHO showing a decent 34% drop (it's gathered $24.5 million on a $13 million budget) and the supernatural thriller DELIVER US FROM EVIL losing 51% from its opening.

Disney's MALEFICENT was in eighth with $4.1 million, and with its $221.9 million total, Angelina Jolie's villainess fairy tale is now the summer's second biggest domestic release behind X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST's $229 million haul. The Keira Knightley/Mark Ruffalo romance BEGIN AGAIN got pushed onto nearly 1000 screens and surged to ninth place with $2.9 million, followed by Clint Eastwood's JERSEY BOYS clinging to the Top 10.

Outside the chart, THINK LIKE A MAN TOO slipped away with Tom Cruise's EDGE OF TOMORROW (it's now at $94.5 million domestic, so expect Warner Bros. to keep it in theaters long enough that they're able to boast it crossed $100 million). In limited release, filmmaker Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD opened on five screens with a remarkable $71k per-screen average, and an even more astonishing critical response: 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Next weekend brings a diverse group of challengers that includes Disney's computer-animated sequel PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, the R-rated Cameron Diaz/Jason Segel comedy SEX TAPE, and a follow-up to last summer's horror sleeper THE PURGE: ANARCHY, plus the limited release of Zach Braff's drama WISH I WAS HERE.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $73 M
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2. Transformers: Age of Extinction $16.5 M $209 M
3. Tammy $12.9 M $57.3 M
4. 22 Jump Street $6.7 M $171.9 M
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 $5.8 M $152 M
6. Earth to Echo $5.5 M $24.5 M
7. Deliver Us from Evil $4.7 M $25 M
8. Maleficent $4.1 M $221.9 M
9. Begin Again $2.9 M $5.2 M
10. Jersey Boys $2.5 M $41.7 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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7:42AM on 07/14/2014
@ StryfeDeath
So also portraying a creature like Gollum, that holds no merit whatsoever? You're argument is brutal
@ StryfeDeath
So also portraying a creature like Gollum, that holds no merit whatsoever? You're argument is brutal
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6:07AM on 07/14/2014
Please please go see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read that Transformers 4 became the highest-grossing film of all time in my country and my heart sank a tiny bit. Joe Letteri really knocked it out of the park and I hope someone gives Matt Reeves a comic book movie job soon.
Please please go see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read that Transformers 4 became the highest-grossing film of all time in my country and my heart sank a tiny bit. Joe Letteri really knocked it out of the park and I hope someone gives Matt Reeves a comic book movie job soon.
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3:20AM on 07/14/2014
@ StryfeDeath

You have to be an authentic fake, to be a good actor? Yea, that makes total sense.
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You have to be an authentic fake, to be a good actor? Yea, that makes total sense.
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1:06AM on 07/14/2014

fuck andy serkis

I'm sick of people idolizing some idiot who acts with motion capture. Wow he can alter his facial expressions. It's much different when people actually see your face. Then to be a good actor you have to be an authentic fake ass mother fucker.
I'm sick of people idolizing some idiot who acts with motion capture. Wow he can alter his facial expressions. It's much different when people actually see your face. Then to be a good actor you have to be an authentic fake ass mother fucker.
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11:05PM on 07/13/2014
Glad to see Apes ripping it up, the movie really was a gem! Can't wait to see the over seas numbers, it really deserves the success. The effects are incredibly good, but the story and the "acting" from the apes are the true value of the movie, cant wait for the conclusion!

And I know the popular thing to do is hate on T4, but honestly I dont get it. I thoughtit was a great way to spend 3 hours and 12 bucks this summer, in my opinion it was an action packed blast! I dont get why people are so
Glad to see Apes ripping it up, the movie really was a gem! Can't wait to see the over seas numbers, it really deserves the success. The effects are incredibly good, but the story and the "acting" from the apes are the true value of the movie, cant wait for the conclusion!

And I know the popular thing to do is hate on T4, but honestly I dont get it. I thoughtit was a great way to spend 3 hours and 12 bucks this summer, in my opinion it was an action packed blast! I dont get why people are so determined to rip those movies apart, Bay delivers a pretty specticle every time, and this one was the best in the series so far! If you havent seen it, go have a blast ;)
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9:28PM on 07/13/2014
Not sure why people still quote Rottentomatoes or CinemaScore. One's like Facebook for critics vying to get the cleverest, most "insightful" review in, and the other is a dinky review system that gives shitfests like Transformers 4 and amazing cinematic experiences like Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes the same grade.

Glad to see the Apes faring well. It's an amazing movie and one I'll be watching 3 more times, at least.
Not sure why people still quote Rottentomatoes or CinemaScore. One's like Facebook for critics vying to get the cleverest, most "insightful" review in, and the other is a dinky review system that gives shitfests like Transformers 4 and amazing cinematic experiences like Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes the same grade.

Glad to see the Apes faring well. It's an amazing movie and one I'll be watching 3 more times, at least.
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2:06PM on 07/13/2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best reviewed movies of the year, yet it got the exact same CinemaScore as Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best reviewed movies of the year, yet it got the exact same CinemaScore as Transformers: Age of Extinction.
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1:52PM on 07/13/2014
Fantastic, glad to hear it. Well deserved.
Fantastic, glad to hear it. Well deserved.
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1:32PM on 07/13/2014
Saw Begin Again this weekend and it was great in every sense of the word. Easily my favorite film of the summer and most likely of the year. Just perfect in every way. Really hope more people get the chance to go see it. In a summer full of blockbusters it was really refreshing and just a great time. Kudos to all involved.

And also saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It was much better then the first film and Reeves did a terrific job in bringing everything together perfectly. This movie is
Saw Begin Again this weekend and it was great in every sense of the word. Easily my favorite film of the summer and most likely of the year. Just perfect in every way. Really hope more people get the chance to go see it. In a summer full of blockbusters it was really refreshing and just a great time. Kudos to all involved.

And also saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It was much better then the first film and Reeves did a terrific job in bringing everything together perfectly. This movie is a prime example of how a summer blockbuster should be and handled. Reeves did a tremendous job and I can't wait to see what he does with the third entry. It's also one of the best films of the summer and year and was really glad to just see a Blockbuster that was both fun AND smart.
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1:26PM on 07/13/2014
Much deserved. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was an excellent follow-up to "Rise".
Much deserved. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was an excellent follow-up to "Rise".
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