Film

Apes take box-office as Transformers near $1 Billion

This weekend ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ took in $36 million domestically, $97 million worldwide, making it the number one movie at the box office. Horror fans had the option of seeing ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ from Universal Pictures, that film brought in $28.3 million in its first weekend after release.
 
Taking third place was Disney’s ‘Planes Fire and Rescue’ which saw $18 million at the box office, that film is also in its first weekend-release, taking the number three spot overall. Failing to break into the top-three was the Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal film ‘Sex Tape,’ which only saw $15 million this weekend, taking the number four spot domestically over the weekend.
 
Rounding out the top five was the Paramount Pictures’ film ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ which added $10 million this weekend, bringing its domestic total to just over $227 million so far.
 
Looking at worldwide box office totals, summer movies are seeing in improvement over last year. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is now at a $242 million total worldwide, while Transformers sits at $886 million worldwide, making it possible for the installment to be one of the first summer films to reach 1 billion at the box office.
 
Releasing this week is the action adventure film with Dwayne Johnson called ‘Hercules,’ that film will release on July 25th. Also releasing on that day is the film ‘Lucy’ featuring Scarlett Johansson. As we close out the month of July moviegoers have August to look forward to, with the release of Marvel’s next film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ That film is scheduled to premiere on August 1, 2014.