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Apes Not Purged at Weekend Box Office

By John Hamann

July 20, 2014

Never call him a monkey's uncle again.

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In the world of holdovers, Transformers: Age of Extinction is fifth with $10 million. The Michael Bay flick was off a not big enough 39% compared to last weekend, and looks like the film to beat for the summer title. This is a sad fact, as Age of Extinction has only earned $227.2 million thus far, but there have been no really big entries at the summer box office thus far. Transformers 4 has earned $262.5 million in China, and has $886 million worldwide.

Sixth is Tammy, summer’s unfunny comedy that still keeps managing to make money. Tammy earned $7.6 million this weekend, off 39% from the weekend previous. Tammy may be stupid, but she knows how to play the financial game. Made for $20 million, Tammy has now pulled in $71.3 million stateside, and has a few extra million from overseas theaters.

The box office is so bad this summer that two six-weekend-old pictures remain in seventh and eighth. Seventh is 22 Jump Street, which earned another $4.7 million this weekend, dropping 28%. The running total for the $50 million release has now reached $180.5 million stateside and is close to $90 million overseas. Eighth is How To Train Your Dragon 2, which took in $3.8 million this weekend (off 37%). It has brought its domestic total up to $160.7 million, and crossed the $200 million mark overseas this weekend. It cost $145 million to make, and still likely needs another $75-100 million worldwide to find a profit.

In ninth is Maleficent, which opened on May 30th. Now in its eighth weekend, Maleficent picked up another $3.3 million, dropping 21%. The Angelina Jolie starrer has been one of the very few bright spots released this summer, as the quasi-original premise has played with big sequel and concept films all summer. Maleficent has now earned $228.4 million and will shortly move ahead of the domestic total of X-Men: Days of the Future Past, which has earned about $230 million. Worldwide, Maleficent has nearly reached $700 million, against a budget of $180 million.




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Tenth is Earth to Echo, as it plays out its string. The Relativity pickup earned another $3.3 million and was off 41% compared to last weekend. The $13 million release has earned $32 million stateside.

Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s very unique drama, continues its art house rampage this weekend as it expands to 33 theaters from five last weekend, when it earned a $77,500 venue average. On those 33 screens, Boyhood earned a box office affirming total of $1.2 million, giving it a venue average of $35,000. At least there are some bright spots at the box office this weekend – too bad it’s out to only 33 venues.

Overall, the box office continues to flail versus last year (if that wasn’t clear by now), falling another 27%. The top 12 films could only muster $134.5 million this weekend, compared to last year when The Conjuring led that top 12 to $181.1 million. In 2012, The Dark Knight Rises led the top 12 to $224 million. Next weekend, we try again as The Rock’s Hercules debuts on 3,500 screens, and is joined by Luc Besson and Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy on 3,200 venues. For the Jersey Boys crowd, the comedy And So It Goes with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton hits theaters.


Top Weekend Box Office for 7/18/14-7/20/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox $36,000,000 - 50% $138,952,800
2 The Purge: Anarchy Universal $28,368,660 New $28,368,660
3 Planes: Fire & Rescue Disney $18,000,000 New $18,000,000
4 Sex Tape Sony $15,000,000 New $15,000,000
5 Transformers: Age of Extinction PARAMOUNT $10,000,000 - 39% $227,157,000
6 Tammy WARNER BROS. $7,605,000 - 39% $71,253,000
7 22 Jump Street Sony $4,700,000 - 28% $180,509,000
8 How To Train Your Dragon 2 Fox $3,800,000 - 37% $160,671,900
9 Maleficent Disney $3,302,000 - 21% $228,367,000
10 Earth To Echo Relativity $3,260,000 - 41% $31,979,314
11 Begin Again Weinstein Co. $2,762,000 - 2% $9,487,666
12 America Lionsgate $1,725,000 - 28% $11,468,696
  Also Opening/Notables
  Persecuted Millennium $959,266 New $959,266
  Wish i Was Here Focus Features $495,000 New $495,000
  I Origins FOX SEARCHLIGHT $28,700 New $28,700
  There's No Place Like Utopia Rocky Mountain $27,830 New $27,830
  Mood Indigo Drafthouse Films $25,121 New $25,121
  A Five Star Life Music Box Films $16,500 New $16,500
  Alive Inside Bond/360 $7,150 New $7,150
  Boyhood IFC Films $1,197,820 + 209% $1,848,050
  Land Ho! Sony Classics $36,075 + 5% $85,890
  Deliver Us From Evil Sony $1,575,000 - 67% $29,259,000
  Life Itself Magnolia $125,000 - 12% $535,000
  Snowpiercer Radius/TWC $456,484 - 28% $3,457,907
  Jersey Boys WARNER BROS. $1,230,000 - 51% $44,464,000
  Think Like a Man Too Sony $1,100,000 - 54% $63,964,000
  Edge of Tomorrow WARNER BROS. $1,110,000 - 39% $96,625,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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