Weekend Box Office: APES Goes Bananas

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The box office is starting to wake up. The 20th Century Fox sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and more, easily ruled the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $73 million.

The sequel of the prequel which cost $170m to produce opened 33% higher than the last movie’s $54.8 million opening in August 2011.

Michael Bay’s global blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction took second place with $16.5 million. The fourth installment in the Transformers franchise will become the sixth movie to cross $200 million this year, but overseas, Bay’s fighting robot epic grossed another $102 million, bringing its international gross to $543 million so a billion worldwide wouldn’t be too surprising.

The Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy dropped just 40% from last weekend and have earned $57.4 million by Sunday.

The $50 million bromantic spoof 22 Jump Street snagged fourth place for the second weekend in a row with $6.7 million, while DreamWorks Animation’s animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 remained in fifth place with $5.9 million.

In addition, Richard Linklater’s critical hit Boyhood made a strong debut, bringing in an average of $20,432 in each of its five locations and will likely earn about 350k in its debut weekend.

Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue squares off against Universal’s The Purge: Anarchy and Sony’s Sex Tape next weekend, while Dawn expands in to the U.K., Russia and Spain.

Hit the jump for more estimates listed by title.

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All U.S. movie box-office figures provided by Box-Office Mojo.

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