Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle, 20th Century Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is cleaning up at the North American box office. Hit the jump to see how well it is fairing.

A few weeks ago, Variety reported that 20th Century Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was on track for a $68M opening weekend and based on these latest figures it appears those numbers were accurate. It pulled in $26M to $27M on Friday, which puts it on pace for a $68M to $70M 3-day weekend. For comparison: the 2011 film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, opened with $54.8M.

There's one surprise, audiences only gave the film an 'A-' Cinemascore. Kind of schocking since the reviews have been outstanding for the big-budget film. It currently has a 91% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. Deadline cautioned, box office figures may encounter a dip on Sunday because the World Cup Final game between Germany and Argentina.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is currently estimated to gross $4.4M tonight and is expected to cross $200M tomorrow; it will end the three-day with about $14M to $15.8M. After that, Tammy is expected to drop about 48% in its second weekend, taking around $11M to $12M, followed by How To Train Your Dragon 2 with $5.6M to $5.7M. Earth to Echo may fall about 33% in its sophomore frame competing for the No. 5 spot at the moment with 22 Jump Street; they both may take in around $5.5M for the weekend. In its second week, Deliver Us From Evil is a frightening 57% off and should take around $4M+.

1). Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (FOX), 3,967 theaters / $26M to $27M Friday
3-day cume: $68M to $70M / Wk 1

2). Transformers: Age of Extinction (PAR), 3,913 theaters (-320) / $4.46M Fri.
3-day est. cume: $14M to $15.8M (-58%) / Total est. cume: $207M / Wk 3

3). Tammy (WB), 3,465 theaters (0) / $3.73M Fri.
3-day cume: $11.5M to $12M (-46%) / Total cume: $56.3M / Wk 2

4). How to Train Your Dragon 2 (FOX), 2,885 theaters (-412) / $1.6M to $1.7M Fri.
3-day cume: $5.4M / Total cume: $151.5M (-39%) / Wk 5

5/6). Earth to Echo (REL), 3,230 theaters (0) / $1.6M to $1.7M Fri.
3-day cume: $5.5M to $5.6M (-33%) / Total cume: $24.8M / Wk

22 Jump Street (SONY), 2,811 theaters (-513) / $1.95M Fri.
3-day cume: $6M (-44%)/ Total cume: $170.8M / Wk 5

7). Deliver Us From Evil (SONY), 3,049 theaters (0) / $1.3M Fri.
3-day cume: $4.2M (-57%) /Total cume: $24.5M / Wk 2

8). Maleficent (DIS), 2,077 theaters (-312) / $1.1M Fri.
3-day cume: $3.9M (-35%) / Total cume: $221.8M / Wk 7

9). Begin Again (TWC), 939 theaters (+764) / $803K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.91M (+132%) / Total cume: $5.3M / Wk 3

10). Jersey Boys (WB) 1,968 theaters (-662) / $737K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.5M (-51%) / Total cume: $41.7M / 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
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Lozzy - 7/11/2014, 11:50 PM
Glad to see this movie is doing so well. It truly does deserve it.
Starkasm - 7/11/2014, 11:52 PM
Great film.
Deserves every penny.
Mike89 - 7/11/2014, 11:55 PM
Best movie ive seen all year! and thats saying alot considering i enjoyed every other movie this summer.
Lozzy - 7/12/2014, 12:03 AM

You liked Transformers 4?
NICKHART - 7/12/2014, 12:08 AM
why is an A- shocking? a 91% is an A-
FastFlames - 7/12/2014, 12:09 AM
I think I liked Transformers 4? Maybe I just haven't slept for like 22 hours...
Humperdink - 7/12/2014, 12:15 AM
Serkis Comes To Town!

LOL, Nail. That's perfect.

Why has no one ever made puns with his name before?
Mike89 - 7/12/2014, 12:21 AM

I havent seen Transformers 4. lol.
sKeemAn - 7/12/2014, 12:25 AM
Wow. Just got out of the theatre. What an awesome movie. Had me stuck the whole movie.
Bekss - 7/12/2014, 12:26 AM

Cap2 got an "A" with 89% in RT. RT has nothing to do with the cinemascore and is shocking because people expected an "A+", but shocking doesn't mean bad
ALegendaryPanda - 7/12/2014, 12:31 AM
Best movie this year. Outstanding visuals, probably the best CGI I've ever seen. Amazing memorable performances, Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell are the obvious stand-outs. There was great action that actually mattered and moved the story forward instead of just being there for the cool explosions, and just a wonderfully told story.

This is easily my favorite Planet of the Apes movie
titansupes - 7/12/2014, 12:32 AM
Fantastic movie.
defenderofthefaith - 7/12/2014, 12:35 AM
It's looking like Maleficent might eventually pass The X-men. That's surprising.
TheGrayson - 7/12/2014, 12:42 AM
It was truely an amazing movie. Go go Andy Go!
Humperdink - 7/12/2014, 12:43 AM
I really need to see this but I'll probably have to wait until next week.
loki668 - 7/12/2014, 12:46 AM
Serkis comes to town and finds that there's no business like monkey business!

I know that it's, technically, incorrect but I couldn't resist.
FastFlames - 7/12/2014, 12:47 AM
I want to see this sooooooo bad, but my freind wants me to wait for him to get back from vacation and go see it. I may need a little preview....
Platinum - 7/12/2014, 12:49 AM
Amazing film. Had me tearing up a couple times, Best summer movie hands down.
yonny616 - 7/12/2014, 1:16 AM
Magnificent film. My favorite film of 2014 so far.
SusanFuentes - 7/12/2014, 1:17 AM
I really doubt the world cup finale will affect the box office, the game will be played early morning.
mgeoff88 - 7/12/2014, 1:17 AM
This movie looks amazing for a sequel. I will definitely be checking this out.
lexcorp - 7/12/2014, 1:22 AM
This movie was great from ape to human. Dawn and Cap 2 are the best two movies of the year so far
FastFlames - 7/12/2014, 2:42 AM
I stayed up all night what day is it?
loki668 - 7/12/2014, 2:43 AM
blvdnoise - 7/12/2014, 2:49 AM
Saw it Thursday.. It's a good one!
loki668 - 7/12/2014, 2:56 AM

TheGreenBastard - 7/12/2014, 2:57 AM
I don't care for Rotten tomatoes, but this movie looks great, so I'll be watching it next weekend. Syfy did a marathon of the originals on Thursday, and I caught Battle of the Planet of the Apes....good stuff.
loki668 - 7/12/2014, 3:00 AM

Oh, you sumbitch!!

loki668 - 7/12/2014, 3:15 AM

NeoBaggins - 7/12/2014, 3:22 AM

NeoBaggins - 7/12/2014, 3:45 AM

NICE! We'd be on Spider-man's gallery forever.

Rod1043 - 7/12/2014, 3:50 AM
NeoBaggins - 7/12/2014, 3:52 AM

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NeoBaggins - 7/12/2014, 3:58 AM
loki668 - 7/12/2014, 4:08 AM
How's about this?

breakUbatman - 7/12/2014, 4:09 AM
Is it now safe to assume Fox is winning?

Is it now safe to assume they might know what they are doing with F4?
NeoBaggins - 7/12/2014, 4:16 AM

Nice. And yes, one the worst villain births ever. If it weren't for Michelle Pfeiffer's magic cats resurrection, it would be THEE worst.


I didn't know how to pull that one off my Lord. Very good.
NeoBaggins - 7/12/2014, 4:18 AM
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