B.O. Roundup, July 18-20: The 'Apes' Rule Over 'Purge: Anarchy' and 'Sex Tape'

Sunday, 20 July 2014 10:50 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, July 18-20: The 'Apes' Rule Over 'Purge: Anarchy' and 'Sex Tape'

Caesar's domination over the domestic box office continued this weekend.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was the biggest movie in America for the second weekend running, followed by a cluster of new wide releases from animated and horror sequels to a ribald comedy.

According to current estimates, the second Planet of the Apes rebooty prequel earned $36 million from 3,969 theaters in North America. 

That's a decline of just 50% from Dawn's gangbusters opening weekend.  To put that in perspective, your average blockbuster sequel like, say, Transformers: Age of Extinction or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 tend to drop by at least 60% in their second weekends after burning off demand in their debut.  The strong hold of this Matt Reeves-directed sequel suggests that the hugely positive reviews and word of mouth have been a boon the apes, who remain strong together.

That brings the ten-day total raked in by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to $138.9 million.  Back in 2011, Dawn's predecessor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, took twice as long to reach the same point.

In second place is another sequel, The Purge: Anarchy.  Last summer, James DeMonaco's low-budget thriller The Purge proved a surprise hit, grossing $64.4 million domestically against a production budget of just $3 million.  The follow-up balloons the budget to $9 million and expands the scope.

Despite the bigness, The Purge: Anarchy couldn't live up to The Purge's opening.  The sequel debuted to $28.3 million from 2,805 locations compared to the $34 million of the original last summer.  Given that The Purge then suffered a steep decline of more than 75%, Anarchy might tumble in a week.

It's another sequel in third place, with the Disney Toon Planes: Fire & Rescue, which earned an estimated $18 million from 3,826 theaters.  The Planes sequel, a spinoff from Pixar's Cars franchise that is not, in fact, produced by Pixar at all, is more a way to keep Disney's merchandising empire trucking along. Regardless, it opened just a wee bit lower than Planes, which opened to $22 million last August. 

The last new wide release of the weekend was Sex Tape, an R-rated comedy reuniting Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan and stars Cameron Diaz and Jason SegelSex Tape opened in fourth place to the tune of $15 million from 3,062 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, according to current estimates.

That's less than half of the $31.6 million Bad Teacher earned in its first weeekend on the way to a $100 million domestic haul back in 2011.  While both The Purge: Anarchy and Planes: Fire & Rescue got a critical shellacking, Sex Tape fared even worse, and it's reflected in the diminished returns.

Overall, this weekend was down about 25% from the same frame last year, when The Conjuring and Despicable Me 2 ruled the roost.  And last year was a decline from the year before, when The Dark Knight Rises brought Christopher Nolan's bat-saga to a close.

Here are the top ten movies in their estimated grosses:

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.....................................$36.0 million..............$138.9 million

2. The Purge: Anarchy........................................................$28.3 million..............New Release

3. Planes: Fire & Rescue....................................................$18.0 million..............New Release

4. Sex Tape..........................................................................$15.0 million..............New Release

5. Transformers: Age of Extinction...................................$10.0 million..............$227.1 million

6. Tammy.............................................................................$7.6 million................$71.2 million

7. 22 Jump Street................................................................$4.7 million................$180.5 million

8. How to Train Your Dragon 2...........................................$3.8 million................$160.6 million

9. Maleficent........................................................................$3.3 million................$228.3 million

10. Earth to Echo................................................................$3.2 million................$31.9 million

Joining the fray next weekend are Scarlett Johansson and Dwayne Johnson as action heroes Lucy and Hercules, as well as the Rob Reiner-directed And So It Goes starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

Will any of these newcomers manage to dethrone Caesar and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Stay tuned to find out.

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