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'Apes' Rules Again

20 July 2014 12:31 PM, PDT

On strong word-of-mouth, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held the top spot for the second weekend in a row. Among the new releases, The Purge: Anarchy put up solid business in second place, while Planes: Fire & Rescue missed the mark and Sex Tape flopped.The Top 12 earned an estimated $134.5 million this weekend. That's off 26 percent from the same frame last year; overall, July box office is down over 30 percent year-to-year.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes eased 50 percent to $36 million. In comparison, the other major Summer sequels*The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction*all fell at least 61 percent at the same point. That drop is also roughly on par with Rise of the Planet of the Apes (49 percent).That strong hold can be attributed to positive reviews and word-of-mouth, and unimpressive competition from this weekend's newcomers. Overall, the Apes sequel has earned $139 million, »


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'Purge' Sequel Slays, 'Sex Tape' Disappoints on Friday

18 July 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

The Purge: Anarchy took first place on Friday, though it will almost certainly fall behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes over the three-day weekend.Playing at 2,805 theaters, the horror sequel earned an estimated $13 million on opening day. That's down 22 percent from the first Purge, which debuted to $16.8 million last June. If it follows the first movie's pattern, it will wind up with just over $26 million for the weekend. Reviews and word-of-mouth have improved time around, though, so it could hold a bit better through the weekend. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fell 62 percent to $10.4 million. That's a decent hold for a highly-anticipated sequel: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Transformers: Age of Extinction all fell over 71 percent at the same point. For the weekend, Apes should wind up between $33 and $36 million.In third place, Planes: Fire & Rescue earned estimated $6.3 million on its first day in theaters. »


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Forecast: 'Purge,' 'Sex Tape' Challenge 'Apes'

17 July 2014 4:53 PM, PDT

Friday Am Update: Playing at 2,194 locations, The Purge: Anarchy earned an estimated $2.6 million from late Thursday shows. In comparison, the first Purge grossed $3.4 million on Thursday night. This drop suggests that The Purge: Anarchy will fall short of the first movie's $34 million opening weekend. Meanwhile, Sex Tape earned $1.1 million on Thursday night. That's less than half of the $2.56 million that Neighbors took in on Thursday, but is also on par with last year's The Heat ($1 million). Sex Tape will likely finish with over $20 million this weekend. Forecast: The Purge: Anarchy, Sex Tape and Planes: Fire & Rescue could all open north of $20 million this weekend. Still, it's likely that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes holds on to first place for the second week in a row.Major releases have been falling hard this Summer: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Transformers: Age of Extinction »


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Fox is First Studio to Reach $1 Billion in 2014... >

15 July 2014 3:30 PM, PDT

Thanks to a strong debut from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox has became the first studio to pass $1 billion at the domestic box office this year. The studio crossed the $1 billion mark on Sunday, which was the 194th day of the year. The last time it took this long for a studio to get there was in 2006, when Disney hit that level in 215 days.Fox's biggest title of the year is also currently the highest-grossing movie of the Summer: through Sunday, X-Men: Days of Future Past has brought in $229.2 million at the domestic box office. While it will likely wind up below X-Men: The Last Stand ($234.4 million), it's still a hefty haul for the 14-year-old franchise.Fox has also had a big year in animation, though none of the titles performed extraordinarily. DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 has brought in $152.3 million, »


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