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411 Box Office Report: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Dominates For #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.13.2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was always going to win the box office weekend, but it opened bigger than just about anyone expected. Twentieth Century Fox's sci-fi sequel kicked off with a huge $73 million opening weekend, outpacing even the generous predictions for it. The opening is way above the mid-fifty to low-sixty million that Fox was initially expecting, thanks to a powerful marketing campaign that built wisely on the war between apes and humans within the film. Audiences loved it with an A- CinemaScore and critics did too (91% at Rotten Tomatoes), which helped word of mouth and should mean good things for the film's box office legs. The movie added $30.4 million overseas for a worldwide first weekend of $103.4 million from a budget of $170 million. A $225 million domestic final is likely at this point, with international box office expected to be strong. Bottom line: Fox has a huge hit.

Transformers: Age of Extinction was pushed down to #2 in its third weekend as it scored $16.5 million. The fourquel has now grossed $209 million domestically and $752.5 million worldwide from a budget of $210 million. While its domestic gross is unlikely to top $300 million at this point (the first film in the franchise not to do so), the international gross has already pushed it past the first film's total take and it will likely have passed Revenge of the Fallen's $836.3 million worldwide take by next weekend.

Melissa McCarthy's comedy Tammy slipped a spot to #3 in its second weekend, bringing in $12.9 million. That equates to a disappointing 40% drop, which is not only higher than usual for comedies but also higher than usual for McCarthy specifically. Word of mouth has not been kind for the film, but make no mistake: it's still a hit for Warner Bros. The budget was only $20 million and the film has a domestic total of $57.4 million with a worldwide gross of $59.9 million. A domestic final of $70 million is likely for the film.

22 Jump Street's impressive run continued as it was down a spot to #4 with $6.7 million, a drop of 32% from last week. The film has now grossed $172 million domestically and $253.7 worldwide off of a $50 million budget. The film is likely to top out around $185 million or so which will make it the biggest starring role of both Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's careers by far.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 was also strong, holding even at #5 with $5.9 million. The film has now grossed $152.1 million domestically and $349.5 million worldwide from a $145 million budget. It should end up with around $175 million or so domestically when it's finished up.

Earth to Echo enjoyed the family film tendency toward low drops week-to-week, falling just 34% to $5.5 million. That was enough to stay even at #6. The film had opened disappointingly last weekend but got quite the easy letdown this frame, far better than similar-looking horror found footage films and holding up well in comparison to other teen adventure films. The movie has a total gross of $24.6 million and while it will take a beating next week from Planes: Fire & Rescue it should still finish at around $35 million. The movie had a budget of $13 million.

Deliver Us From Evil took an expected second-weekend drop. The horror film dropped three spots to #7 with $4.7 million, which is a 52% drop from its opening. That's on par with what an average horror film drops after its opening and means that despite its disappointing opening weekend, the film should be in solid shape. The Eric Bana-starring flick has totalled $25 million domestically and $29.7 million worldwide from a budget of $20 million; it will likely finish out at around $35 million in the US.

Maleficent was down one to #8 in its seventh week, taking in $4.2 million. The Disney fantasy film has now grossed $222 million domestically and $669 million worldwide on a budget of $180 million. A $230 million to $235 million final domestic gross should be about right.

John Carney's musically-themed dramedy Begin Again expanded wide this weekend and jumped six spots to #9 with $2.9 million. The indy drama stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine and built nicely off of some warm critical attention, not to mention good word of mouth. The film averaged $3,126 from 939 theaters for the expanded number; it has now totalled $5.3 million domestically and $6.1 million worldwide. Its budget isn't known.

Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys closed out the top ten, down two in its fourth week with $2.5 million. The film has now grossed $41.7 million domestically and $48.7 million worldwide. With a budget of $40 million it will be a disappointment ultimately, with a final domestic tally around $48 million to $50 million.

The weekend box office tally was $148.2 million, which was a nice jump from the disappointing Fourth of July weekend gross but still down 25% from last year's take of $196.6 million. Last year was led by Despicable Me 2's $43.9 million second weekend, followed by the opening weekends of Grown Ups 2 ($41.5 million) and Pacific Rim ($37.3 million).

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - $73 million ($73 million total)
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $16.5 million ($209 million total)
3. Tammy - $12.9 million ($57.4 million total)
4. 22 Jump Street - $6.7 million ($172 million total)
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $5.9 million ($152.1 million total)
6. Earth to Echo - $5.5 million ($24.6 million total)
7. Deliver Us From Evil - $4.7 million ($25 million total)
8. Maleficent - $4.2 million ($222 million total)
9. Begin Again - $2.9 million ($5.3 million total)
10. Jersey Boys - $2.5 million ($41.7 million total)


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