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