Weekend Box Office: APES Stays Atop for 2nd Weekend

“Apes! Together! Strong!” As expected, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes beats out the horror thriller The Purge: Anarchy for top spot for the second-straight week with an estimated $36 million, down just 50% from its debut.

Sci-fi sequel to the 2011 franchise reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes also beat the other two new releases, an animated family film Planes: Fire and Rescue, which grabbed third place with $18 million and an adult comedy Sex Tape, which took in $15 million for the No. 4 spot.

It would be surprising if the James DeMonaco’s violent sequel reached the original’s final domestic gross, while it’s clear that the Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz R-rated comedy simply failed to turn on moviegoers. However, Anarchy did what it should have, a very god box-office gross ($28.3 in 2,805 theaters) for the studios cost and expectations.

Disney’s sequel to Planes did decently with $18 million in 3,826 theaters, but it failed to open as well as the original.

Michael Bay’s global blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction added another $10 million to its $227.1 million total gross as it took fifth place for the weekend.

Just in case you’re wondering, Snowpiercer has grossed $3.4 million in limited release and it has made more than $1 million in its first week on VOD platforms.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood expanded into 34 theaters and has now grossed $1.8 million in two weeks, while Michael Gondry’s Mood Indigo brought in $25 thousand in two theaters. Zack Braff’s kickstarter film, Wish I Was Here only earned $495k in 68 venues.

Next weekend brings Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules.

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

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