Boasting a strong hold, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is widely expected to pull ahead on Saturday and stay at No. 1 in its second weekend; “Boyhood” easily beating Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” at the specialty box office.
Universal’s The Purge: Anarchy topped the Friday box office with $13 million, although holdover Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is poised to pull ahead on Saturday and win what’s shaping up to be another lackluster weekend at the North American box office.
Based on Friday’s performance, Anarchy is projected to take in $27 million to $30 million for the weekend. While that’s a solid number, the sequel is trailing behind The Purge, which debuted to $16.8 million on its first Friday in June 2013 for a $34.1 million weekend. Anarchy received a B+ CinemaScore.
The news is all out grim for Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s new R-rated comedy, Sex Tape, which may only crack $15 million after grossing an estimated $5.7 million on Friday. From Sony, the movie garnered dismal reviews and an equally dismal C+ CinemaScore.
Disney’s animated family film Planes: Fire & Rescue is also soft despite an A CinemaScore, grossing an estimated $6.3 million on Friday for a projected $17 million to $18 million weekend. The first Planes opened to $22 million last summer.
Planes: Fire & Rescue and Sex Tape placed No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, on Friday after Anarchy and Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, eyeing a domestic total of $226 million through Sunday, rounded out the top five and becoming Mark Wahlberg’s No. 1 grossing film in North America (Ted earned $218.8 million domestically).
Boasting a strong hold, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes grossed $10.4 million on Friday for a projected $34 million weekend, a decline of 53 percent, far less than other 2014 summer tentpoles. Dawn will finish the weekend with a North American total of $137 million.
North American box-office revenue could be down as much as 28 percent for the weekend despite the trio of new films (the frame was left without a pricey summer tentpole when Warner Bros. pushed back the release of Jupiter Ascending to next year).
James DeMonaco returned to write and direct Anarchy, which was produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes. It cost a modest $9 million to make.
Planes: Fire & Rescue is a spinoff of the popular Pixar franchise Cars and produced by DisneyToon Studios. Dane Cook returns to voice the lead character Dusty Crophopper, who joins the world of wildfire air attack in the sequel.
Sex Tape reunites Diaz and Segel with their Bad Teacher director, Jake Kasdan. That comedy, opening to $31.6 million in June 2011, grossed a stellar $216.2 million worldwide (Bad Teacher also earned a C+ CinemaScore).
New offerings at the specialty box office include Focus Features’ Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded project. The film, starring Braff, Kate Hudson and Josh Gad, is projected to earn a so-so $526,000 for the weekend from 68 theaters.
Richard Linklater’s acclaimed drama Boyhood continues to shine in its second outing. Expanding into a total of 34 theaters on Friday, the movie is expected to gross $1.1 for the weekend, pushing its cume to $1.7 million for IFC Films.