Friday Report: 'Apes' Strong on Opening Day
by Ray Subers
July 12, 2014
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|| |
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ruled the box office on Friday with an estimated $27.7 million.
That debut is up significantly from 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($19.5 million), and is also a bit higher than last year's World War Z ($25.2 million).
The movie has strong reviews and good word-of-mouth, which should help prevent a steep Saturday drop off. The World Cup final could keep some people away on Sunday, though. Regardless, Dawn is likely to wind up over $70 million for the weekend.
Transformers: Age of Extinction added $4.8 million yesterday, which is a 55 percent drop from the previous Friday. To date, the fourth installment in the Transformers franchise has earned $197.4 million, and will pass $200 million sometime today.
In third place, Tammy fell 37 percent to an estimated $4 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy has now earned a solid $48.5 million.
After nearly a month in theaters, 22 Jump Street is still impressing: the comedy sequel added $2.05 million (down just 19 percent) for a new total of $167.3 million.
Earth to Echo rounded out the Top Five with $1.76 million. Through 10 days, the sci-fi adventure has earned $20.9 million.
Begin Again expanded to 939 theaters and took ninth place with $824,000. For the weekend, it will likely fall short of $3 million.
1. Dawn/Apes - $71 million
2. Tranformers - $15.5 million
3. Tammy - $12.5 million
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