‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Dominates U.S. Box Office; ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Heading to $1 Billion Worldwide



Despite losing the lead to “The Purge: Anarchy” in Friday’s Box Office, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” quickly reclaimed the top spot with $36 million on its second week of release, making it the second summer entry to hold the box office crown for consecutive weekends, Variety reported.

Universal’s sequel to thriller “The Purge” brought in $28.4 million on its first weekend launch, and at a production budget of $9 million, it’s already considered a win.

Century Fox’s primate sequel has conquered the previous box office weekend with $72.6 million but was almost dethroned in this weekend’s box office when “Anarchy” took in $13 million on Friday over its $10.4 million.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” sits at third place with $18 million domestically and $9 million overseas. Walt Disney’s animation sequel is said to be trailing behind its predecessor which took off with $22 million last summer before landing to $219 million worldwide.

Sex Tape” starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, was considered a disappointment at fourth place with $15 milliion and a tag price of $40 million, the Wall Street Journal has learned. Columbia Pictures’ R-rated comedy reportedly took a blow from poor reviews and is said to suffer from the misconception brought by its title.

“People really like the movie, but I think the title confused some folks and the film is in fact a sweet, funny romantic comedy,” Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution, said.

Transformers: Age of Extinction” rounded up the top five with $10 million, catapulting its domestic total to $227 million.

Paramount’s fourth installment to the robotic action franchise has just been hailed as the first film of 2014 to exceed the $800 million mark globally, and is said to surely hit $1 billion by the end of its run, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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