Dawn of the Planet of the Apes maintained its tight simian grip on the box office with a solid $3.5m weekend ($12.6m total), registering only a 43% drop from debut means Apes is traveling well, due in large to good reviews and word of mouth, it should ultimately close north of $20m with some comfort.
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel comedy, Sex Tape opened in second with a respectable $2.5m. It's a fair chunk lower than the $4m Diaz's The Other Woman opened to earlier in the year, but given the cool reviews and the fact 22 Jump Street is still tracking as well as it is, it's not a bad start. Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to play leap frog with How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers reclaimed third with $1.2m ($26.2m total) and Dragons took in $1.0m ($24.9m total). 22 Jump Street rounds out the top five with $0.9m ($21.5m total).
Around the World
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held onto pole position in the U.S with a fairly reasonable 50% drop, taking in $36m ($240m worldwide). The real surprise of the weekend was dark horse The Purge: Anarchy ratcheting up a big $28.3m opening, the original blew up last year with a $34m opening based purely on tense trailers and a slickly presented concept. The jig was up quick when word of mouth revealed it was all puff and no pay off, but Universal have done a great job marketing the scope of the sequel as it moves outside of the home siege scenario, and into the streets. While Anarchy probably won't match its predecessors $64m total, it will come close and likely see another sequel green lit for next year.
Pixars ugly stepchild Planes, had a soggy heap of a sequel ungraciously dumped into cinemas too. Planes: Fire & Rescue somehow made $18m ($27m worldwide).
Sex Tape debuted very lightly to $15m ($18m worldwide), considering how front loaded raunchy comedies tend to be, it would be a shock if this made it past $50m worldwide. And Transformers: Age of Extinction rounds out the top fve with only $10m in the U.S but a colossal $886m worldwide. It's pretty much guaranteed to close over $1.0b worldwide now.
Australian Box Office
|1||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||$3.5m|
|3||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$1.2m|
|4||How to Train Your Dragon 2||$1.0m|
|5||22 Jump Street||$0.9m|
U.S Box Office
|1||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||$36.0m|
|2||The Purge: Anarchy||$28.3m|
|3||Planes: Fire & Rescue||$18.0m|
|5||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$10m|