Box Office: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ rises to $73 million as ‘Boyhood’ shines

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” ruled the box office this weekend as 20th Century Fox continues to dominate the summer.

The Matt Reeves directed thriller which is both a prequel and a sequel earned an estimated $73 million. That is higher than pre-release polling indicated and beats both “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” $54.8 million in 2011 and Tim Burton's “Planet of the Apes” which opened to $68.5 million in 2001. With an A- Cinemascore and the best reviews for any live action studio movie this summer “Dawn” should easily surpass “Rise's” $176.6 million cume.

Dropping to no. 2 was “Transformers: Age of Extinction” with another $16.5 million and $209 million to date domestic.  The fourth installment in the “Transformers” franchise has taken in $xxx million worldwide which means a fifth is absolutely on the way.

Holding somewhat better than expect in third was the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Tammy.” With another $12.9 million the Warner Bros. release has taken in $57.3 million over just 10 days. “Tammy” will break McCarthy's string of $100 million plus hits, but should be profitable in the long run.

The summer's biggest comedy so far, “22 Jump Street,” earned another $6.7 million or $171.9 million to date for fourth. At this point, it looks like the Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum smash will end up with around $190 million when all is said and done.

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” overtook “Earth to Echo” for no. 5 with another $5.8 million and $152 million to date. The Dreamworks Animation flick's international returns are finally starting to pick up and the critically acclaimed animated flick has taken in $349 million global so far.

Opening in just five theaters, Richard Linkletter's “Boyhood” took in $359,000 or an impressive $71,800 per screen. That's one of the best limited debuts of the year after “The Grand Budapest Hotel” which earned a $202,792 average.  

New releases on Friday include Cameron Diaz and Jason Seagal in “Sex Tape,” “The Purge: Anarchy” and “Planes Fire & Rescue.”  Zach Braff's “Wish I Was Here” will debut in an extended limited release of 60 theaters.