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July 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A final count of box-office receipts for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes disclosed that the film earned $72.6 million over the weekend. Transformers: Age of Extinction, which had held the top spot over the previous two weekends, earned $16.3 million, pushing it past the $200-million mark domestically to $208.8 million. Warner Bros.’ Tammy also slipped a notch to third place with $12.6 million. But while the Apes movie exceeded expectations, the overall box office did not. Besides Apes, the only other standout was Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which played at only five theaters in New York and Los Angeles, where it earned $387,618 or an average of $77,524 per theater. (By way of contrast, Apes, which played on nearly 4,000 screens, averaged $18,304 per screen.) Last year, the top film at the box office over the comparable weekend was Universal’s Despicable Me 2, which brought in $43.9 million in its second weekend, but a solid list of other hit films followed. As a result the 2013 box office earned 26 percent more than the 2014 box office for the same weekend. Through 28 weeks, the box office is down 6.1 percent from the previous year, according to Studio Systems News.