If the Friday box office is any indication, it’s going to be another meh weekend at the movies. After pulling in an impressive $72.6 million in its debut, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should remain on top for a second frame – although it was surpassed on Friday by newcomer The Purge: Anarchy. The successor to last summer’s R-rated thriller earned an estimated $13 million and took first place on Friday. For its first weekend, however, the sequel is expected to earn $28 million, and that means Apes 2 should overtake it in the three-day race. In its sophomore frame, Apes is expected to bring in about $34 million, which would give it one of the best holds among this summer’s major releases.
Details on Sex Tape, Planes: Fire & Rescue and Friday’s top five are after the jump.
With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 22 Jump Street, Sony has been having an excellent summer. That good feeling should come to an end this weekend however thanks to Sex Tape. The R-rated comedy starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz was expected to earn close to $25 million in its debut: the same range that Diaz’s The Other Woman hit earlier this year. Instead, poor word of mouth (the film stands at 19% on Rotten Tomatoes and received a very discouraging C+ from CinemaScore) seems to have taken its toll. From 3,062 locations Sex Tape earned an estimated $5.7 million on Friday, making it very unlikely that the comedy can reach $20 million through Sunday.
Planes: Fire & Rescue earned an estimated $6.3 million from 3,826 locations on Friday. Disney’s sequel to last summer’s surprisingly profitable Planes should bring in just under $20 million through Sunday, or a bit under its predecessor’s $22 million launch. Planes ended up earning a total of $90 million, which was impressive for a film that was originally conceived as a direct-to-video spin-off to Cars. Unfortunately, there’s reason to suspect that Fire & Rescue won’t fly as high. The sequel did receive an A CinemaScore from audiences, but so did How to Train Your Dragon 2 and that particular sequel has failed to match its predecessor in every respect.
Here’s Friday’s top five films. We’ll have complete details and the top ten tomorrow.
|1.||The Purge: Anarchy||$13,000,000||$13|
|2.||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||$10,400,000||$113.3|
|3.||Planes: Fire & Rescue||$6,300,000||$6.3|
|5.||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$2,725,000||$219.8|