Weekend Wrap-Up

Guardians of the Galaxy Stops Summer Slump

By David Mumpower

August 3, 2014

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The four-weekend-old Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hangs on to a top five spot. Its weekend total was $8.7 million, a 48% decline from the previous frame. The second film in the latest reboot of the series has now increased its domestic total to $189.3 million, with its international take matching that amount.

Planes: Fire and Rescue is our sixth place finisher. It fell 33% to $6.4 million as it inches ever closer to matching its budget amount. The film has a domestic total of $47.6 million and overseas revenue of $21 million, meaning that even though Disney does damage the Pixar brand somewhat by continuing with the releases that look as though they should go straight-to-video, they make enough money to justify the financial decision. And that doesn’t even take the toy sales into consideration.

Yet another Universal success is in seventh place. The Purge: Anarchy had a weekend total of $5.6 million, a drop of 47% from the previous frame. Its domestic total now sits at $63 million, which is wildly successful considering that the budget for the horror flick was only $9 million. Don’t doubt for a moment that we’ll be seeing yet another purge during the summer of 2015.


Sex Tape spends probably its final weekend in the top 10, as it earned $3.6 million, dropping 41% from the previous weekend. The Cameron Diaz/Jason Segel comedy has to be considered a disappointment. Its domestic total of $33.9 million still throws well under the $40 million budget, and even the additional money from overseas isn’t going to help much.

The films in ninth and tenth place are tied with a weekend total of $3.3 million. And So It Goes, the Michael Douglas/Diane Keaton film from Clarius Entertainment, finished about $20,000 ahead of the Philip Seymour Hoffman spy flick A Most Wanted Man, but their trajectories are a bit different. And So It Goes declined 28% from last week and brings its total to $10.5 million. A Most Wanted Man’s screens increased by 368 and resulted in a jump of 24% compared to the previous frame. Its domestic total so far is $7.1 million.

Overall, the top 12 films earned $172.6 million, an increase of 40% over the $123.3 million take from the same weekend last year. Yes, that is the first time in many, many weekends that we have seen a year-over-year increase. We’ll hope to continue that trend next weekend, as new releases include the tornadoes-stalking-humans flick Into the Storm, the Michael Bay-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the dance movie Step Up All In, and The Hundred-Foot Journey, featuring Helen Mirren and produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Top Weekend Box Office for 8/1/14-8/3/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Guardians of the Galaxy Disney $94,000,000 New $94,000,000
2 Lucy $18,283,420 - 58% $79,570,805
3 Get On Up Universal $14,030,580 New $14,030,580
4 Hercules $10,700,000 - 64% $52,348,000
5 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox $8,700,000 - 48% $189,329,700
6 Planes: Fire & Rescue Disney $6,424,000 - 33% $47,596,000
7 The Purge: Anarchy Universal $5,551,040 - 47% $62,962,015
8 Sex Tape Sony $3,550,000 - 41% $33,908,000
9 And So It Goes Clarius Entertainment $3,344,160 - 28% $10,472,943
10 A Most Wanted Man Roadside Attractions $3,324,265 + 27% $7,058,814
11 Boyhood IFC Films $2,522,210 + 43% $7,565,590
12 Transformers: Age of Extinction PARAMOUNT $2,200,000 - 53% $241,166,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Calvary FOX SEARCHLIGHT $72,800 New $72,800
  Magic In the Moonlight Sony Classics $770,430 + 87% $1,352,766
  The Fluffy Movie Open Road Films $530,206 - 60% $2,370,158
  A Master Builder Abramorama $4,475 - 43% $21,829
  Wish I Was Here Focus Features $614,000 - 47% $3,057,966
  I Origins FOX SEARCHLIGHT $70,000 - 9% $236,100
  Tammy WARNER BROS. $1,580,000 - 54% $81,543,000
  Begin Again Weinstein Co. $696,000 - 56% $13,783,337
  How To Train Your Dragon 2 Fox $1,215,000 - 46% $168,569,100
  22 Jump Street Sony $1,200,000 - 54% $188,461,000
  Maleficent Disney $1,243,000 - 32% $234,711,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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