As compared to last year, box office ticket sales are down a whopping 20%. But, it's not all bad. 20th Century Fox has reason to cheer. Their new film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
, is having a larger-than-expected opening weekend. Weeks before it opened analysts expected it to open around $68M, and based on Friday's number that seemed to be accurate, but Saturday results were only down 9%. That means Matt Reeves' film is now on pace for $72M to $74M.
It also means it will outperform 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes
opening weekend numbers by around $20M ($54.8M).
"Meanwhile, the Michael Bay franchise Transformers: Age of Extinction reached the $200M threshold today for Paramount Pictures after its third week in release. It rode through the July 4th holiday well and obviously lost a lot of ground this weekend to Apes. It was down about 53% from last Friday which was the Fourth of July and is likely to drop about 55% from last weekend. So $6.7M today and $16.7M for the three day to raise its cume to $209.2M." - Deadline
1). Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (FOX), 3,967 theaters / $27.8M Friday
3-day cume: $70M+ / Wk 1
2). Transformers: Age of Extinction (PAR), 3,913 theaters (-320) / $4.9M Fri. (-58%)
3-day est. cume: $16M to $17M+ (-55%) / Total est. cume: $208.5M / Wk 3
3). Tammy (WB), 3,465 theaters (0) / $4M Fri.
3-day cume: $12.8M to $13.1M (-39%) / Total cume: $57.4M / Wk 2
4). 22 Jump Street (SONY), 2,811 theaters (-513) / $2M Fri.
3-day cume: $6.27M (-44%)/ Total cume: $171.4M / Wk 5
5/6). Earth to Echo (REL), 3,230 theaters (0) / $1.75M Fri.
3-day cume: $5.75M (-30%) / Total cume: $24.7M / Wk 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (FOX), 2,885 theaters (-412) / $1.76M Fri.
3-day cume: $5.68M / Total cume: $151.85M (-37%) / Wk 5
7). Deliver Us From Evil (SONY), 3,049 theaters (0) / $1.56M Fri.
3-day cume: $4.8M (-50%) / Total cume: $25.1M / Wk 2
8). Maleficent (DIS), 2,077 theaters (-312) / $1.2M Fri. /
3-day cume: $4M (-34%) / Total cume: $221.85M / Wk 7
9). Begin Again (TWC), 939 theaters (+764) / $825K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.98M (+138%) / Per screen: $3,180 / Total cume: $5.3M / Wk 3
10). Jersey Boys (WB) 1,968 theaters (-662) / $709K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.4M (-53%) / Total cume: $41.6M / Wk 4
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line) and Judy Greer (The Descendants, Three Kings, 13 Going on 30). The film climbs into theaters July 11, 2014