Weekend Of 'The Apes': 'Dawn' Rules The Box Office
By Zach Seemayer
20th Century Fox
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the weekend's only newcomer, managed to oust Transformers: Age Of Extinction from the box office top spot and handily beat its predecessor in opening weekend returns. Meanwhile only one film managed to increase in sales. Here is the weekend box office top 10.
#1. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - $73 million
Clearly, people wanted to see Andy Serkis acting like a primate, so that's good news for Andy and bad news for any real primates who were hoping to star in any upcoming remakes of Dunston Checks In. The first film in the rebooted franchise, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, only made $54 million in its debut, meaning the sequel beat it by almost $19 million.
#2. Transformers: Age Of Extinction - $16.5 million
After two weeks in the top spot, it had to lose its crown eventually. However, in just three weeks its managed to basically break even with its staggering $210 million budget just in domestic returns alone, not to mention the $543.5 million it's earned overseas.
#3. Tammy - $12.9 million
While not exactly the profit machine some of Melissa McCarthy's recent comedies have been, Tammy has earned $57.3 million off a $20 million budget, so it's already a decent success.
#4. 22 Jump Street - $6.7 million
Having earned more in 5 weeks that 21 Jump Street earned in its entire theatrical run, it has become obvious that 23 Jump Street is sort of obligatory.
#5. How To Train Your Dragon 2 - $5.7 million
HTTYD2 managed to stay in 5th place two weeks in a row. Any time you don't get kicked down a notch with the release of a new film, that's a victory.
#6. Earth To Echo - $5.5 million
Earth To Echo managed to stay in 6th place – where it debuted as well – and has earned $24 million off a $13 million budget. So while it didn't do as well as E.T. – which it was compared to – it didn't bomb either. You have to celebrate the little things in life.
#7. Deliver Us From Evil - $4.7 million
Earning only $25 million in two weeks, some are speculating that the failures of films like this one are an indication that people are bored with possession-based horror. That's not true, of course, but people like to speculate.
#8. Maleficent - $4.1 million
People are still obsessed with Angelina Jolie's cheekbones. Good job, Disney.
#9. Begin Again - $2.9 million
This is an increase of 133% from last weekend, and a rise from 15th place due to opening in 764 additional theaters since last week. People love to watch Keira Knightley sing folk music.
#10. Jersey Boys – $2.5 million
This weekend, Clint Eastwood's recent disappointing directorial effort managed to finally clear its $40 million budget by $1 million, meaning it technically wasn't a total disaster. Again, you have to celebrate the little things.