Apes Nabs $73M, “Transformers” Tops 2014

Fox’s acclaimed sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” beat expectations to pull in an estimated $73 million debut at the domestic box office this weekend. That’s well ahead of the $54.8 million debut of its predecessor “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” back in 2011.

The film also opened in 26 international territories over the weekend where it managed $31.1 million. However, much of the world will not be getting it until next weekend due to various markets holding off the film until after the World Cup. The film is Fox’s third straight strong debut in a row this Summer following excellent starts for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Fault in Our Stars”.

Meanwhile, with the help of a robust result in global markets – especially China – “Transformers: Age of Extinction” has become the biggest film of the year so far with a whopping $752 million in global revenue, pushing it past “X-Men: Days of Future Past” which sits at $731 million. It has also crossed the $200 million domestic marker.

Melissa McCarthy’s R-rated comedy “Tammy” fell 40% in its second weekend and is now sitting on a total of $57.4 million – almost triple its $20 million budget. “Earth to Echo” held steady as well with a drop of 34% in its second outing and a $24.6 million total so far. Eric Bana-led supernatural thriller “Deliver Us From Evil” dropped to seventh with $4.7 million and a $25 million total.

In limited release, Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” scored all the headlines with its five screens grossing a per screen average of $71,800 – the second-best of the year behind only Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.

Source: Box-Office Mojo