Box office roundup July 20, 2014 – “Apes” still rule box office jungle

DAWN-PLANET-APES1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $35 million [2nd week; $139 million] Despite a slew of solid competition with three new releases, “Dawn” retained its spot for a second weekend. The sequel to the unexpected 2011 hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is only the second film this summer (“Transformers: Age of Extinction“) to repeat at number one. A three-peat may prove difficult as it has to stave off Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy” and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Hercules,” which will likely draw from the same audience base.

2. The Purge: Anarchy – $28.3 million [debut week] – Another sequel, to last year’s surprise hit, proved to be the only real challenger to “Apes” actually grossing more on Friday, before Caesar and company overtook it. While the first film earned more — $34 million — the sequel has already tripled its $9 million budget so expect another “Purge” to come within the next two years.

3. Planes: Fire and Rescue – $18 million [debut week] It was a good opening for Disney’s latest animated effort, which flew in just a bit under the $22 million for last year’s “Cars” spin-off “Planes.” That went on to earn $90 million after a last-minute decision to release the film in theaters instead of direct to video and with a respectable $50 million budget, look to “Planes: F & R” to easily soar to profitability.

Sex Tape movie - Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel4. Sex Tape – $15 million [debut week] Cameron Diaz reunited with her “Bad Teacher” co-star Jason Segel for a raunchy sex comedy, but audiences didn’t want to see it. This was a disappointment as Diaz had been faring well headlining in comedies, including earlier this year with “The Other Woman,” ($83 million), “$100 million for “Bad Teacher” and $76 million for “Knight & Day.”

5. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $9 million [4th week; $227 million] The fourth installment of the “Transformers” series had the second best opening of the franchise ($100 million), but looks like it will almost certainly have the weakest domestic haul of the set. The first three all at least reached $3 19 million, but with an exit from the Top 5 all but assured, it has a significant uphill battle of reaching $250 million. Michael Bay doesn’t have much to worry about though as the international market is more than making up for any domestic franchise fatigue as “Extinction” is already the second highest worldwide grossing film in the series trailing only the $1.1 billion haul of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”