Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: July 20th, 2014

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GOD in The Purge Anarchy Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: July 20th, 2014

The Apes stayed strong in their second weekend at the box office, but murderous civilians gave them a run for their money.

In at number 1 for the second weekend in a row is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with $36 million. Audiences response to the return of Caesar & company has been positive, which in turn has helped the film keep ahead of its predecessor’s pace. So far, Dawn has grossed $138 million domestic.

Not too far behind is The Purge: Anarchy (read our review) with $28.3 million. As expected, the film did really well opening night, even beating out Apes, but it couldn’t hold onto that lead as the weekend went on.

The first Purge film ($34M) was something of an unexpected surprise, proving that any film that’s rated R and has a little excess violence can make a splash under the right circumstances. Unfortunately for The Purge: Anarchy, the appeal of a second go-around wasn’t enough to push this film to a better debut than the first. In the grand scheme of things, though, The Purge: Anarchy should do fine thanks to its low budget. Whether or not Universal will gamble on a third film is another question.

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The number 3 film is Planes: Fire & Rescue (read our review) with $18 million. That’s slightly below the first film’s $22M opening, which had a very strong run in August of last year.

In fact, Disney had originally planned to release the first Planes straight to DVD, before deciding to roll the dice on a theatrical run. $90 million dollars later and that risky bet seemed like a smart move. However, as far as Fire & Rescue is concerned, Disney probably wishes they went the DVD route.

Not far behind is Sex Tape (read our review) with $15 million. It appears comedy audiences are all tapped out for the summer, as the dynamic duo of Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz could barely make a dent this weekend. Sony had hoped that reteaming Cameron Diaz with her Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan would deliver similar results – i.e. a $30M+ opening – but Sex Tape fell well short of that goal.

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Rounding out the top 5 is Transformers: Age of Extinction with $10 million. Now at $227 million, Transformers 4 has cracked the top 5 for this year’s highest grossing domestic releases, and has a clear shot at the number 1 spot. On the worldwide front, however, Age of Extinction is already number 1 with $886 million.

In at number 6 is Tammy with $7.6 million. Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy ended up doing OK business at the box office, even if it didn’t reach the same heights as Bridesmaids or Identity Thief. Tammy has grossed $71 million after three weeks.

22 Jump Street is the number 7 film with $4.7 million. With $180 million total, 22 Jump Street is easily the highest grossing comedy of the year and one of the best performing movies of the summer.

Coming in at number 8 is How to Train Your Dragon 2 with $3.8 million. Dreamworks’ animated sequel is now up to $160 million domestic and $384 million worldwide.

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The number 9 film this weekend is Maleficent with $3.3 million. The Angelina Jolie-led film is now up to $228 million domestic and $697 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top 10 is Earth to Echo with $3.2 million. At only $31 million to-date, Earth to Echo couldn’t hit that counter-programming note it was looking for, and instead the film will float off into obscurity.

Outside the top 10: Boyhood continues to do very well in limited release with $1.1 million this weekend ($36,303 per screen). Zach Braff’s crowdfunded film Wish I Was Here, on the other hand, made $495,000 on twice as many screens as Boyhood.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, July 14th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. F#cking sh#tty Transformers doesn’t deserve to make that much money…

    • No it does not but the transformers brand is very strong
      Overseas. It will become only the second movie in box
      Office history to not make 300 million domestically and
      Still hit a billion dollars. I cant imagine the type of heights
      It would reach with intelligent writers and director who
      Stayed close to source material and mythos.

    • transformers is not shi–ty but u r so shut up

  2. Zach Braff should be the lead in Transformers.

    Sex Tape might have gotten a giggle or two every time it played during previews, but the general response to it has been quiet. Lack of jokes and raunchy theme killed it.

    • The only way I could hate Transformers more is if Zach Braff starred in it.

  3. Just got back from seeing The Apes, and I thought is was a spectacular story. Better than I thought it would be.
    I wonder where the writers will go with the next storyline?

    • Caesar’s grandchildren being caught up in the war is one idea they’re throwing around according to an interview Matt Reeves did a few days ago (think I mentioned it in the last Apes article on Friday, which is lucky I didn’t read the interview until after the film opened this week in the UK in case of spoilers).

  4. We only got one true big summer blockbuster left and
    Thats guardians of the galaxy. As far as apes is concerned
    5 movies is enough for an endgame. You kill cesar you
    Kill the franchise.

    • Week after week you prove to be the lowest common denominator.

    • Your forgetting Intersteller

  5. The only movie worth seeing of this entire weekend is Wish I Was Here. It hasn’t opened in my hometown yet, but I will see it when it does.

  6. In at number 6 is Tammy with $7.6 million. Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy ended up doing OK business at the box office,
    Really? “Okay” business? The film cost 20 million. By any standards, that is a success.
    No, I haven’t seen the film, and nor will I (it looks pretty bad). But that isn’t the point.
    Melissa McCarthy continues to be a draw for audiences. Now she just needs a vehicle worthy of her talents.

    • I get the feeling that by the time a worthy vehicle comes, audiences might be tired of her shtick. I liked her in Bridesmaids and thought she was okay in The Heat but Identity Thief was meh and Tammy just looks bad if the “been there, done that” reason wasn’t enough. Same with Kevin Hart, he’s hilarious but holy god Ride Along was lame. It’s like he and McCarthy improvise in certain situations and come up with chuckles while looking like they’re trying way too hard for it.