Weekend Box Office: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Stands Alone; BOYHOOD Makes Strong Debut

     July 13, 2014


Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes easily claimed the top spot in its debut weekend, leaving its competition in the dust.  While the Apes sequel will likely end the weekend with a mid-$70 million haul, the closest contender was Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, which brought in $16.5 million.  While the weekend performance for Optimus Prime and Co. wasn’t all that impressive, the movie did cross the $200 million domestic watermark, as well as three-quarters of a billion dollars at the global box office.  Let that sink in for a second before you check out the rest of the weekend’s top flicks.

Here are how the top ten stand:

 Title Weekend  Total
1.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $73,000,000  $73.0
2.  Transformers: Age of Extinction $16,500,000  $209.0
3.  Tammy $12,910,000  $57.4
4.  22 Jump Street $6,700,000  $172.0
5.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $5,865,000  $152.1
6.  Earth to Echo $5,500,000  $24.6
7.  Deliver Us from Evil $4,700,000  $25.0
8.  Maleficent $4,169,000  $222.0
9.  Begin Again $2,935,000  $5.9
10.  Jersey Boys $2,510,000  $41.7

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dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-final-posterLike I said in yesterday’s box office report, it was no surprise that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took the top spot, but since it’s been so well-received critically, that’s a nice cherry on top.  The real test will be in how it performs over the next couple of weeks, which see the debuts of an animated family-friendly film, a low-budget horror sequel, and two action flicks with big names in the lead.  The critically panned Cars spin-off Planes did enough box office business to necessitate a sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue, which was originally thought to be bound for home video but will get a theatrical release next week.  The Purge did quite well in its debut, helped by the ridiculous margins that come with a reported $3 million production budget.  The Purge: Anarchy may not nab the top spot, but it doesn’t need to in order to secure a good payday.

The real contenders come in the week of July 25th, in which fan-favorites Dwayne Johnson leads the mythological action-adventure picture Hercules, and Scarlett Johansson kicks ass in the Luc Besson thriller, Lucy.  Perhaps these two will knock each other down enough for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to remain on top, thanks to word of mouth.

Speaking of that, Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age drama Boyhood made a strong debut, bringing in an average of almost $72,000 in each of its five theaters.  The strong critical support for this ambitious bit of filmmaking should help to draw in audiences when it expands next weekend.


[Box office numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo.]

  • Caesar

    “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” may be a mouthful of a title, but it will surely whet your appetite for a thrilling and thoroughly enjoyable time at the movies. The acting (especially the motion capture work) is fantastic all around with amazing special effects to make the apes seem almost life-like. Every scene is beautifully directed, especially the action shots, and the pacing of the movie is just about perfect with a smartly written script and surprisingly emotional moments. This is one of the best movies of the summer, so if you haven’t already, go check this one out. “Rise” was a very solid start to the franchise, but this one brings it to a whole new level. Can’t wait for the next one!

    • Underground Anthem TX

      I’m not typically one to call this stuff out, but this is probably the most obvious studio-plant comment I’ve ever read. Don’t worry, my man, people will see the movie.

      • Raot

        Nah, it just sounds like one a wannabe critic.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        Raot- He doesn’t have a disqus profile and named himself a character in the movie. Usually a dead giveaway. Try harder next time, plants!

  • Django9000

    Dawn is quite simply the most outstanding case of a movie that goes so far beyond what it needed to be, improving so much on its predecessor, that it may be the most riveting film of the year.

    • Grayden

      Rise was a similar occurence. It was so much better than it had any business being.

      • mbmarquis69

        “Rise” was good. “Dawn” took it to the next level and now makes “Rise” seem quaint in comparison. I’ve never seen motion capture CG characters so fully realized. Those were freaking talking Apes on the screen, as real (more so at times) than the human actors. They carried that movie. It was THEIR movie.

      • mbmarquis69

        “Rise” was good. “Dawn” took it to the next level and now makes “Rise” seem quaint in comparison. I’ve never seen motion capture CG characters so fully realized. Those were freaking talking Apes on the screen, as real (more so at times) than the human actors. They carried that movie. It was THEIR movie.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Glad Transformers is still on a roll

  • Josh120

    How can Boyhood average 72k per theater? Even at a price of $20 per ticket, that’s 3600 tickets. If each screen has 400 seats, that’s 9 showings in one day (if each one gets sold out).

    • Melwing

      Sounds feasible to me- this is a long-awaited, very unique project. Remember it is an average- some of those theatres might be very upscale art houses, with high prices and perhaps multiples screens playing the flick.

      Definitely still amazing numbers, though- i agree.

  • Avery Merrick

    Great job, Caesar, Matt Reeves, and 20th Century Fox!
    As for next weekend on who will win for number 1; it maybe a possible three-way race for 1st place between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Purge: Anarchy or Sex Tape.

    • some frat bro

      Heh heh… “three-way”

      • Melwing

        Comment + username = win

  • Avery Merrick

    Amazing job for 23 Jump Street for climbing back into the top 5, if it does not reach $200 million (depending if Sony decides to add more theaters in the fall or double it with Sex Tape), it will definitely finish between $180 to 185 million.

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  • milo

    DOFP at 229M and counting.

    The way things are going, looks like Transformers is still not likely to match what Cap 2 and Lego made domestically. Hoping that’s what happens. It will be weird if no summer movie makes more than releases from February and April, which seems likely at this point. Mockingjay will likely be #1 this year by far, depending on how well Interstellar and Hobbit do, the top summer movie could end up being as low as #6 for the year. Even #4 would make for a low batch of summer movies.

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