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Friday Report: 'Apes' Strong on Opening Day

by Ray Subers
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
 

 
July 12, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ruled the box office on Friday with an estimated $27.7 million.

That debut is up significantly from 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($19.5 million), and is also a bit higher than last year's World War Z ($25.2 million).

The movie has strong reviews and good word-of-mouth, which should help prevent a steep Saturday drop off. The World Cup final could keep some people away on Sunday, though. Regardless, Dawn is likely to wind up over $70 million for the weekend.

Transformers: Age of Extinction
added $4.8 million yesterday, which is a 55 percent drop from the previous Friday. To date, the fourth installment in the Transformers franchise has earned $197.4 million, and will pass $200 million sometime today.

In third place, Tammy fell 37 percent to an estimated $4 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy has now earned a solid $48.5 million.

After nearly a month in theaters, 22 Jump Street is still impressing: the comedy sequel added $2.05 million (down just 19 percent) for a new total of $167.3 million.

Earth to Echo
rounded out the Top Five with $1.76 million. Through 10 days, the sci-fi adventure has earned $20.9 million.

Begin Again
expanded to 939 theaters and took ninth place with $824,000. For the weekend, it will likely fall short of $3 million.

Weekend Projections
1. Dawn/Apes - $71 million
2. Tranformers - $15.5 million
3. Tammy - $12.5 million

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Grosses for Friday, July 11, 2014



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