Apes still on top!
As projected, Caesar ruled the box office for another weekend as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took the top spot. The newcomers were led by horror sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, which earned $28.3 million for the weekend. It’s not nearly the amount that the first Purge film earned its opening but the sequel held up better than the first film in terms of Friday-Saturday drops. The other newcomers, Planes: Fire & Rescue and Sex Tape fell flat, playing to the lower end of the expectations. Also worth mentioning, Transformers: Age of Extinction has earned $886 million worldwide, despite only $227 million coming domestically. It was another bad weekend for a summer that will be the lowest grossing summer in a long time.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes played very well in terms of word of mouth, and it shows with this weekend’s performance. The film fell 50% from last weekend, and earned $36 million. The drop was better than the other major blockbusters this year (Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men, Transformers) but each of those films opened to $90+ million. Caesar’s new film only opened to $72 million, but the Planet of the Apes brand isn’t as popular as those other films. This latest Apes film has earned an estimated $139 million so far, which exceeds Rise of the Planet of the Apes total at the same point ($105 million). Next weekend will be the real test for the Apes which will see competition in the form of Lucy and Hercules. More than likely, expect this latest Apes film to end its domestic run with $225-$230 million.
Those damn Apes ruining our right to Purge!
In terms of the newcomers, The Purge: Anarchy was the only film to give the Apes sequel any competition. On Friday, the horror sequel actually won the box office but as most horror films do, fell off on Saturday and Sunday. In comparison to the original film, The Purge fell nearly 38% from Friday-to-Saturday, which is one of the biggest drops in recent memory. The Anarchy sequel held better with a 26% drop. The latest film also earned better reviews than the original as it has 52% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and a B grade from CinemaScore. That’s a big improvement from the first film which earned a 36% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but a rare C- grade from CinemaScore. This latest film will likely not earn more than its predecessor but it should come close with about $50-$55 million end.
More bad news for the box office as the latest animated film, Planes: Fire & Rescue was underwhelming considering the lack of family films. With only How to Train Your Dragon 2 being its only real competition, it’s a shock that this Planes sequel earned only $18 million. The first Planes film earned $22 million on route to a $90 million total. This latest film will likely not earn that much but should hold well for a while. It’s a shame that there isn’t a Pixar film this summer, yet none of the major animated films can take advantage of that audience.
Wait a minute, nobody wanted to see me, err I mean us have sex?!
Even worse news for the box office, and particularly Sony because their latest comedy, Sex Tape flopped this weekend. The porno gone wrong movie earned $15 million for the weekend. With the year full of big successes with comedies (The Other Woman, Neighbors, 22 Jump Street), this latest Jason Segel-Cameron Diaz flick came in more like A Million Ways to Die in the West than anything else. The film was marketed as an indirect sequel to Bad Teacher since it reunites the stars of Teacher and director Jake Kasdan. Tape earned horrible reviews as it currently stands at 20% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and has a C+ on CinemaScore, similar to Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy. Luckily for Sony, Sex Tape was made for only $40 million and should end its domestic run with that much.
Despite performing on the lower end of the spectrum domestically, Transformers: Age of Extinction has now earned $886 million worldwide. The film fell to the 5th spot this weekend domestically and has earned $227 million total. Internationally, the Autobot flick is booming with over $659 million already. It’s already the 2nd highest grossing movie in the Transformers series in terms of worldwide gross. It’s unlikely the latest Transformers film will earn over $1 billion worldwide but it’s still a major win for Paramount.
No Cap? I got enough for those Apes!
Next weekend will see another collection of movies in the form of Lucy, another Hercules film, an under-the-radar Michael Douglas-Diane Keaton film (And So It Goes), and a stand-up comedy The Fluffy Movie. Out of these new films, expect Lucy to win the box office next weekend as it will try to fight off Caesar and the Apes. Scarlett Johansson has seen her star risen since Iron Man 2 when she took on the role of Black Widow and this Luc Besson film will try to get that Marvel fanboys to see her newest film. Hercules will likely under-perform despite featuring Dwayne Johnson as the titular character. Most people (especially me) are just waiting for Guardians of the Galaxy to get here soon.
Number chart via Box Office Mojo
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||Theater Count /Change
||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
||The Purge: Anarchy
||Planes: Fire & Rescue
||Transformers: Age of Extinction
||22 Jump Street
||How to Train Your Dragon 2
||Earth to Echo