People preferred watching endorsed societal collapse than talking cartoon planes or awkward yuppie sex this weekend it would seem.
“The Purge: Anarchy” topped the Friday box office this week with $13 million ahead of a projected $27-30 million total for the weekend. That’s a little behind last year’s predecessor which came in at $16.8 million for its opening day ahead of a $34 million weekend. Still, with ‘Anarchy’ costing just $9 million to produce – it’s already in the black.
While “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” came in second on Friday with $10.4 million, it is expected to move ahead of ‘Purge’ today and garner $34 million for its second weekend – one of the better tentpole declines of the summer at just 53%.
The news wasn’t so rosy for Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s R-rated comedy “Sex Tape” and the Disney animated sequel “Planes: Fire & Rescue”. The former took $5.7 million and the latter $6.3 million with both set to earn around $15-17 million for the weekend.
Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded “Wish I Was Here” opened on 68 screens and is projected to earn a so-so $526,000. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” expanded to half that amount (34 screens) and is on track to gross a much healthier $1.1 million for the weekend.
Source: Box-Office Mojo