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Weekend Box Office Report: July 18-20, 2014

07.20.2014

The Apes still rule!

The advanced primates continued their reign at theaters this weekend as DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES again claimed #1 at the box office with an estimated $36 million!

The sequel dropped 50% from its opening, but it was still enough to fend off three new challengers to the simian kingdom. In addition to $101 million now gathered from international customers, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES has a ten-day domestic total of $138.9 million and seems likely to climb over RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES' domestic finish of $176.7 million.

Opening in second was the thriller sequel THE PURGE: ANARCHY with $28.3 million, coming up short of THE PURGE's surprise $34 million opening last summer (it ended with $89.3 million worldwide). The follow-up expanded the lawless-day concept beyond the confined home invasion of the first movie, and ended up scoring higher with critics (52% on Rotten Tomatoes compared to the orignal's 38%), while crowds gave it a 'B' CinemaScore.

With a thrifty $9 million budget, THE PURGE: ANARCHY is already in the black (interestingly, the cheapest of the three new releases also performed the best), so we can probably expect a new entry in THE PURGE series to become an annual tradition at theaters.

In third place was Disney's new sequel PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE with $18 million. That's lower than the first PLANES -- last year's spinoff of Pixar's CARS took off with $22.2 million, but also ended up grossing $219 million worldwide. Not bad for a kids movie originally intended as a straight-to-video release, which is why another one got quickly rolled onto the runway. The family-friendly sequel received a straight 'A' CinemaScore, but critics grounded it with 44% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Opening in fourth was the R-rated comedy SEX TAPE with $15 million -- not even half of what Cameron Diaz and director Jake Kasdan pulled in with their last bawdy collaboration BAD TEACHER ($31.6 million opening and an eventual $216.2 million worldwide). Critics and paying audiences didn't seem to be laughing at Diaz and co-star Jason Segel's unclothed antics, judging by the response (20% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 'C+' CinemaScore), so it may struggle just to recoup its $40 million price tag.

Thumping from second down to fifth place was TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION with $10 million, and a $227.1 million domestic total after four weekends. Michael Bay's clamorous robo-brawl is easily 2014's biggest release as it reaches $886.3 million globally and targets the $1.1 billion worldwide total of TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON.

Melissa McCarthy's TAMMY is still swinging in sixth with $7.6 million (and now up to $71.2 million on a reported $20 million cost), followed by 22 JUMP STREET with $4.7 million as it hits $268.8 million worldwide. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, MALEFICENT (now two months in the Top 10) and EARTH TO ECHO close out the list.

Outside the chart, the romance BEGIN AGAIN slips away with JERSEY BOYS and DELIVER US FROM EVIL (after just two weeks). In limited release, Zach Braff's Kickstarter-supported melodrama WISH I WAS HERE opened on 68 screens for $495k, while the Christian-themed thriller PERSECUTED obviously hoped to draw the GOD'S NOT DEAD crowd but couldn't crack $1 million at 736 locations (and with a lower per-screen average than THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in its seventh weekend). And Richard Linklater's acclaimed BOYHOOD moved onto 33 screens for a handsome $36k per-screen and a $1.8 million total.

Next weekend presents the legend of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in director Brett Ratner's action-fantasy HERCULES, Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton try a little romance in Rob Reiner's AND SO IT GOES, and Luc Besson transforms Scarlett Johansson into a drug-fueled superhuman in LUCY, while comedian Gabriel Iglesias' stand-up act THE FLUFFY MOVIE hits limited release.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $36 M $138.9 M
2. The Purge: Anarchy $28.3 M
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3. Planes: Fire and Rescue $18 M
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4. Sex Tape $15 M
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5. Transformers: Age of Extinction $10 M $227.1 M
6. Tammy $7.6 M $71.2 M
7. 22 Jump Street $4.7 M $180.5 M
8. How to Train Your Dragon 2 $3.8 M $160.6 M
9. Maleficent $3.3 M $228.3 M
10. Earth to Echo $3.2 M $31.9 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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10:49AM on 07/21/2014
Moviegoers should continue to support well-made, intelligent, heaetfelt entertainment like Dawb of the Planet of the Apes to show Hollywood summer blockbusters can be worthwhile and not just production line junk food.
Moviegoers should continue to support well-made, intelligent, heaetfelt entertainment like Dawb of the Planet of the Apes to show Hollywood summer blockbusters can be worthwhile and not just production line junk food.
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6:44PM on 07/20/2014

WAY Off Topic: Sorry but...

OK guys, I really don't know where to post this or who to send this to so Im putting here. I'm really not trying to tell you how to do your jobs but the updates on the this site over the last month or so have really ruined it. The news feed is all jacked up. you should consider going back to the page format. This continuous scrolling just doesn't work. If I click on an article and go back to the feed, it takes me back to the latest articles. Now if I was like 3 pages deep, that's a whole lot of
OK guys, I really don't know where to post this or who to send this to so Im putting here. I'm really not trying to tell you how to do your jobs but the updates on the this site over the last month or so have really ruined it. The news feed is all jacked up. you should consider going back to the page format. This continuous scrolling just doesn't work. If I click on an article and go back to the feed, it takes me back to the latest articles. Now if I was like 3 pages deep, that's a whole lot of scroll just to get back to the next article. Maybe im navigating the site wrong but the old format was much better.
I love this site and have been coming here for years but you really should consider going back to the page format and maybe even consider bring back the "thumbs up, thumbs down" without having to be signed in. Again, I really don't wanna be "that guy". Just my opinion.
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6:59PM on 07/20/2014
I assume that means you can't see the CONTACT US section then
I assume that means you can't see the CONTACT US section then
8:45AM on 07/21/2014
I've found it's a lot more user-friendly to view the site from my mobile device. BUT you can't Reply to comments...
I've found it's a lot more user-friendly to view the site from my mobile device. BUT you can't Reply to comments...
10:15AM on 07/21/2014
I did not see the "Contact Us" until after I posted this. @ kreizler, I have mostly been using my phone since the format hasn't changed but I can't reply to comments from it either.
I did not see the "Contact Us" until after I posted this. @ kreizler, I have mostly been using my phone since the format hasn't changed but I can't reply to comments from it either.
5:53PM on 07/20/2014
Glad to see Dawn still on top, thoroughly enjoyed it.
(Though personally I still put The Winter Soldier and X-Men ahead of it)
Glad to see Dawn still on top, thoroughly enjoyed it.
(Though personally I still put The Winter Soldier and X-Men ahead of it)
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2:49PM on 07/20/2014
Happy to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes still kicking ass. It deserves every penny and positive recognition it has gotten and is one of the best films of the summer (if not year).

Disappointed to see Begin Again slip off the top ten. It really is a great, little film that was very refreshing and uplifting in a summer filled with Blockbusters.

Still hoping to get a chance to see Boyhood, and Wish I Was Here. Especially Boyhood. Film looks tremendously good.
Happy to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes still kicking ass. It deserves every penny and positive recognition it has gotten and is one of the best films of the summer (if not year).

Disappointed to see Begin Again slip off the top ten. It really is a great, little film that was very refreshing and uplifting in a summer filled with Blockbusters.

Still hoping to get a chance to see Boyhood, and Wish I Was Here. Especially Boyhood. Film looks tremendously good.
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5:54PM on 07/20/2014
Boyhood is fantastic Soloist, couldn't recommend it highly enough
Boyhood is fantastic Soloist, couldn't recommend it highly enough
4:42AM on 07/21/2014
Soloist - don't "hope" to see it...find a way to see Boyhood in the cinema. There was something amazing about seeing an almost 3 hour film like that on a large screen; you will feel like you are right there, kind of like a time capsule in life. It will be right up there with Chef and Begin Again for your favourites...it will probably surpass them, as I think it did for me.
Soloist - don't "hope" to see it...find a way to see Boyhood in the cinema. There was something amazing about seeing an almost 3 hour film like that on a large screen; you will feel like you are right there, kind of like a time capsule in life. It will be right up there with Chef and Begin Again for your favourites...it will probably surpass them, as I think it did for me.
2:25PM on 07/20/2014
I'm glad to see planet of the apes still hanging strong. It truly is one of the best films of the summer( I'd say tied with xmen)
I'm glad to see planet of the apes still hanging strong. It truly is one of the best films of the summer( I'd say tied with xmen)
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