Top 10 movies and the weekend box office (07/20/14)Loading
  • Film-Hollywoods Ape Man

    The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated "Sex Tape" failed to turn on moviegoers over a weekend where "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" maintained its rule.

    20th Century Fox's science fiction sequel outmuscled a trio of new films to top the North American box office for the second-straight week with $36 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The acclaimed sequel to 2011's reboot of the chimp franchise has now made $139 million domestically in two weeks.

    Its closest completion over the weekend was the home-invasion horror thriller "The Purge: Anarchy," written and directed by James DeMoncaco.

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    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

    Text by The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times

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  • Film Review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    1. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," $36 million ($61 million international).

    Twentieth Century Fox's latest entry in the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, which cost $170 million to make, continued to benefit from positive reviews and strong word of mouth. In its second week of release, the sequel brought in $36 million to keep the top spot at the box office.

    Twentieth Century Fox | AP
  • The Purge
    2. "The Purge: Anarchy," $28.4 million ($420,000 international).

    Universal's low-budget sequel to last year's surprise hit, "The Purge," opened with $28.4 million, down from the $34.1 million the original scared up on opening weekend.

    "The Purge: Anarchy," which imagines an America where all crime is legal for 12 hours every year, was made for only $9 million, making it immediately profitable for Universal.

    3. "Planes: Fire & Rescue," $18 million ($9 million international).

    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" came in at No. 3 after it pulled in $18 million. The Disney family film, which cost about $50 million to make, follows firefighting aircraft who team up to battle a wildfire. Its 2013 predecessor, "Planes," tallied more than $90 million during its domestic run.

    PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE | Disney
  • 'Sex Tape'
    4. "Sex Tape," $15 million ($3 million international).

    The Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz R-rated comedy failed to entice moviegoers or critics. "Sex Tape," in which a married couple makes a pornographic home video to stoke the flames of their lagging sex life, opened in fourth with $15 million.

    5. "Transformers: Age of Extinction," $10 million ($81.2 million international).

    Paramount's "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the only other summer film besides "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" to hold the No. 1 spot for two consecutive weekends, added $10 million more, rounding out the top five films of the weekend.

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    6. "Tammy," $7.6 million.

    New Line's R-rated, Midwest road trip romp "Tammy" boasts one of the most bankable stars in movies — McCarthy — but is a smaller, homespun movie made for just $20 million and directed by McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone. Despite being savaged by critics, it has stayed in the top 10 movies and earned $7.6 million this week.

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    7. "22 Jump Street," $4.7 million ($3.2 million international).

    "22 Jump Street" is a monument to mocking, a master class in dissing, a parody of pastiche, poking its R-rated finger at social conventions, sequels, stereotypes, football, frats, friends, drugs, sex - even its stars. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are back for yet another capricious crime caper.

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    8. "How to Train Your Dragon 2," $3.8 million ($14 million international).

    From the fashionable day-old scruff on Hiccup's 20-year-old Viking chin to the amped-up firepower of Toothless, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" has made good use of the years since the villagers of Berk and the boy who'd rather not be chief first charmed us.

    DreamWorks Animation | DreamWorks Animation
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    9. "Maleficent," $3.3 million ($8 million international).

    Unlike "Sleeping Beauty," "Maleficent" explains all: motivation, regrets - from the queen's point of view. This multifaceted Maleficent has wit and empathy as well as rage. Though the film hits a few bumps, Jolie hasn't looked like she's had such fun with a role since 2005's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

    Film Frame | Film Frame/Disney
    10. "Earth to Echo," $3.3 million.

    Relativity Media's animated release "Earth to Echo," took in $3.3 million to round out the top 10 movies this week.

    Courtesy of Relativity Media | Relativity Media
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    "It was kind of a middling weekend unless you were the top film," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. Dergarabedian looks ahead optimistically to upcoming releases "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson, and the Marvel space film "Guardians of the Galaxy," of which he noted: "A lot of pressure is being put on that movie. It may be the last big summer blockbuster."

    But as July turns to August, Hollywood's summer is certain to be a down one.

    In a limited release of 68 theaters, Zach Braff's crowd-funded "Wish I Was Here" also arrived with a tiny weekend opening of $495,000 for Focus Features. The film, Braff's directorial follow-up to 2004's "Garden State," was much criticized for depending on fan contributions for funding. "Wish I Was Here" will expand to more theaters next week, but it will fall far short of the $26.8 million "Garden State" earned.

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