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An interesting weekend at the box office, as there was a bit of a tight race for the top spot. Here’s what went down.
After duking it on Friday night, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes managed to hold off The Purge: Anarchy from the number one spot, bringing in a very strong $34.5 million to bring it’s total to $139 million. Meanwhile, The Purge: Anarchy’s debut at number two with $28.9, less than the original’s debut total but a decent enough number for a film with a $9 million budget. It likely won’t have real legs, but at this point it really doesn’t need them.
The summer movie roles on, this weekend with the arrival of two sequels and another R-rated comedy. Only one can top the box office. Which will it be? Here are our predictions:
The Purge: Anarchy is the sequel to last summer’s horror hit, which grossed $34 million on its opening weekend. Don’t look for this one to do as well; it’s got some serious competition for the top spot with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which should hold onto number one for the second weekend in a row. Look for The Purge: Anarchy to debut in second place with $30 million.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominated the box office this past weekend, almost sending the Transformers into its own Age of Extinction. Just as it did in the 1970s, it seems the country is gripped in Planet of the Apes mania once again. Biff Bam Pop! contributor Jim Knipp got out to the movies this weekend and saw it for himself. Check out his thoughts, after the jump.
An intelligent blockbuster? That’s what we got with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, an audiences responded with an excellent debut weekend. Here’w what went down.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes debut with an exceptional $73 million, good enough for first place and a substantial increase over Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ $54 million opening back in 2011. This is a franchise that is both entertaining and intelligent, and this summer is showing movies with those traits have been few and far between.
Speaking of which, Transformers: Age of Extinction was in second place with $16.5 million. Tammy was in third with $12.9 million, 22 Jump Street hit fourth with $6.7 million, while How To Train Your Dragon 2 closed things out in fifth with $5.8 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $75 million
2) Transformers: Age of Extinction – $20 million
3) Tammy – $10 million
4) 22 Jump Street – $7 million
5) How To Train Your Dragon 2 – $6.5 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $73 million
2) Transformers: Age of Extinction – $16.5 million
3) Tammy – $12.9 million
4) 22 Jump Street – $6.7 million
5) How To Train Your Dragon 2 – $5.8 million
Next weekend sees the release of Planes: Fire and Rescue, The Purge: Anarchy and Sex Tape. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.
Take Blade Runner and draw a line from the 80s replicant noir to the 90s non-consensual machine-induced hallucinations of The Matrix. Somewhere on that line there’s a node, running backwards and forwards, channeling its influences and distributing them back out again, recombining them into a fearsome future hurtling toward us like a heavy calibre bullet. That perfect coalescing point is Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell (1995), the cyberpunk anime classic that had tremendous influence on the Wachowski brothers, Steven Spielberg A.I. and Minority Report, and James Cameron’s Avatar. It’s the film that kicks off TIFF’s retrospective Techno/Human: The Films of Mamoru Oshii, and boy does it pack a punch.
It should be an excellent weekend at the box office, as one of the most anticipated new releases of summer climbs into the ring. Will it find its way to the top? Here’s our prediction:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to the excellent 2011 hit film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which made a solid $176 million and helped reboot the entire franchise. Set a few years after a plague killed off a significant amount of the population. Rise…should do extremely well this weekend. Reviews have been solid and anticipation is high, thanks in no small part to the return of Andy Serkis as Caesar. Look for a first place debut with $75 million.
It’s the fourth of July weekend, which sees three new movies gunning for the top spot at the box office. Will any of them have the power to take down Transformers? Here’s our prediction:
Tammy is the latest comedy to star Melissa McCarthy, who has been striking gold with her last few films. Co-written by McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, this one feels like the first where the actress is carrying things on her own, rather than with a big name co-star (Sandra Bullock or Jason Bateman). However popular McCarthy may be right now, she doesn’t stand a chance against robots in disguise. Look for a second place showing with $25 million.
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