Box Office: ‘Planet of the Apes’ Outnumbers Newcomers for $35 Million

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UPDATE: 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is still king of the jungle, according to early box office estimates.

With a projected $35 million weekend, Fox’s holdover leads newcomers “The Purge: Anarchy,” “Sex Tape” and “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” all of which should play above high teens to $20 million in a busy summer frame for Hollywood.

Universal’s “Purge” sequel, produced by Jason Blum, eyes $28 million over three days while Columbia Pictures’ “Sex Tape” may not record over $17 million.

As of Friday afternoon, “The Purge” sequel is down 15% from the original’s opening weekend last year ($34 million), but with a low cost of $9 million, the horror title’s profitability should be scary good.

The budget for Sony’s “Sex Tape,” starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, is over $40 million.

Disney’s “Planes,” meanwhile, is expected to land in fourth place with $16 million. The first “Planes” similarly debuted to $22 million in 2013 before going on to earn $219 million worldwide.

Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here,” opening in limited release, is on track for a so-so $8,000 per screen from 68 locations. Focus Features acquired the Kickstarter-funded project for $2.75 million at the Sundance Film Festival.

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  1. harry georgatos says:

    Time to release John Woo’s 3&1/2 hour directors cut of Mission:Impossible 2!!!!! The world is waiting. Sooner then later!

    • jhs39 says:

      I really think the theatrical cut of Mission Impossible 2 was already too long.

      • harry georgatos says:

        It can only generate more interest on home entertainment as there’s huge interest among the fan base. Watchmen directors cut is nearly 4 hours and has been available for fans and MI2 directors cut should have been available a long time ago!

  2. onmedea says:

    Here is a reviewer that calls “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” the best movie of the year:

    • Dale Hopson says:

      Best movie of the film won’t have so many plot holes… the human are running out power in 3 weeks and NOW is when they think of turning power back on the dam? In 12 years the apes NEVER thought of hunting even close to San Francisco?

  3. harry georgatos says:

    Dawn Of The Planet Of The,Apes. Edge of Tomorrow along with the new X Men movie are the stand out Summer holiday movies. Transformers is an entertaining film for simple minded fans. Looking forward to the new Sin City movie and the film of the decade in Interstellar to make up for a less then average holiday season.

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