Dawn of the Planet of the Apes swung into the number one spot domestically this weekend with a superb $7.1m, that's quite a bit up from the $4.9m Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened to in 2011. How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($22.9m total) and Transformers: Age of Extinction ($23.5m total) duked it out for second and third with Dragons in its fourth official week of release (not counting advanced screenings), narrowly edging out Transformers. Dragons and Tranformers both earned $2.7m, but Dragons managed to pull in an extra $4000 in ticket sales, bumping it up to second. Dragons had a huge boost from school holidays, recording only an 8% drop from last week.
Rio 2 fluttered down to fourth with $2.5m ($9.5m total) which is only a 2% drop from last week, and 22 Jump Street rounds out the top five with $1.7m ($20m total).
Around the World
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes debuted to number one in the U.S with a $72.6m this weekend, that's very strong growth on Rises $54.8m open in 2011. Trends have shown many big budget sequels struggling to grow on or even match their predecessors, but Apes has managed to buck the trend. This can be contributed to the films great reviews, good will from the first film and the darker, more action orientated tone displayed in the promotions. Dawn will likely end up closing somewhere between $600-700m worldwide.
Transformers: Age of Extinction continued to fall off fast in the states, nabbing $16.3m in its third week. Though thanks to huge hauls overseas (particularly China), it is now the highest grossing film of the year worldwide with over $751m in the bank.
Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy, dipped to third with $12.5m ($62m worldwide) which might seem low coming off the back off hits like Bridesmaids, Identity Thief and The Heat. But with an unclear premise in the marketing and average reviews, the box office for Tammy hasn't been too bad overall. If nothing else it proves that Melissa McCarthy is without question an actor who can sell tickets.
22 Jump Street is in fourth spot with $6.5m ($254m worldwide) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 is in fifth with $6.1m ($350m worldwide). Both films are in their fifth week of release.
Australian Box Office
|1||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||$7.1m|
|2||How to Train Your Dragon 2||$2.7m|
|3||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$2.7m|
|5||22 Jump Street||$1.7m|
U.S Box Office
|1||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||$72.6m|
|2||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$16.3m|
|4||22 Jump Street||$6.5m|
|5||How to Train Your Dragon 2||$6.1m|