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Apes See, Apes Do... Again - Week 12

Transformers: Age of Extinction
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Purge: Anarchy
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Sex Tape
Three new films made collectively over $60 million dollars this weekend, yet none of them stood out enough to unseat the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. You had horror fans ready for more purging, you had parents who clearly fell asleep during the first Planes taking their kids to the sequel, and sex tape fans, uh, most likely staying home to either watch someone else's or make their own. With the humans being this divided, it's no question why the Apes are eventually going to win this thing. All they want to do is destroy Samsonite luggage.

The trio of newcomers did "rise" to cause a 50% decline in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The flick made $36.3 million in its second weekend and has awakened a primal $139.2 million total so far. Poolers who believed in a world where apes evolved from man shouldn't be too worried about the drop, though. Maleficent had the about the same opening and second week drop as Dawn and it's about to cross $230 million and pass X-Men: Days of Future Past. Apes still has a chance to migrate into that terrain.

The Purge: Anarchy came up about $5 million less than last year's The Purge. However, no film that cost $9 million to make will ever complain about debuting with $29.8 million. Yeah, there's a reason half the titles at your local RedBox are cheap-o horror flicks. They don't have to cost a lot to make a lot. Could this become a new Saw-like series that has a film every summer? Cary Elwes starred in the first Saw and we always remember him from his first big film, The Princess Bride. Ethan Hawke starred in the first Purge and we always remember him from his first big film, Dead Poets Society. Actually, no one really remembers Ethan Hawke from anything (ok, maybe Training Day) and I had to look-up to even see he was in Poets, but other than everything I just said, the similarities are endless.

Planes: Fire and Rescue also made about $5 million less than last year's Planes. There must've been a lot more new parents since last summer. The fact the opening didn't drop to The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure levels is really disheartening. Planes: F&R (I guess the first Planes was just an F) had enough cabin pressure for a $17.5 million debut. Maybe the entire Planes franchise is built on giving Dane Cook something to do so he doesn't end-up on a self-titled NBC sit-com... and if you think NBC wouldn't give Dane Cook a sit-com, you haven't been paying attention.

She's still several movies away from even considering a sit-com, and rightfully so, yet Cameron Diaz's Sex Tape was not the Bad Teacher she hoped it be. I'm pretty sure even a real sex tape from her would've done better than a $14.6 million start. Maybe Jason Segel's sudden weight loss is so creepy people wanted no part in seeing him without his shirt. That, or people finding Diaz as a drunk, floozy with tenure is much more believable than her being a housewife whose husband's bored with her. Even the marketing is a little odd. You don't want people to see your sex tape, but you're totally ok being on 40 ft. billboards in your bikini briefs. I think Cameron's going to want to make Snuff Film out of whoever talked her into this one.

Meanwhile, we're one week away until Transformers: Age of Extinction takes a flame thrower to this Top Five list. A $9.8 million weekend fueling its $227 million total means Maleficent won't trump X-Men before Optimus Prime blitzkrieg bops them both. The Transformers look to be settling in on that $250-$260 million final total. It doesn't look like the Apes will have enough to conquer the planet of Cybertron. The only film that might is the dark horse that has nothing to do with Katy Perry's song: Guardians of the Galaxy. Could the last major film out be the film everyone was waiting for... You know, besides Hercules.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $230.5 million
#2. Maleficent - $228.3 million
#3. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $227 million
#4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $202 million
#5. Godzilla - $199 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 07/22/2014

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, Maleficent, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Sex Tape, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Purge: Anarchy, Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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