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July 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The box office got back into the swing of things over the weekend as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes lifted it out of a worrisome slump that included the worst Fourth of July weekend total in decades. Dawn dawned with an estimated $73 million, well above the $65-70 million that most pundits had predicted it would earn. Transformers: Age of Extinction, meanwhile, seemed to be entering that age itself in only its third week as it quietly slipped into second place with about $16.5 million. Nevertheless, it crossed the $200-million mark at the domestic box office to $209 million. (Overseas, it was a far different story as it collected $102 million, for a new international gross of $543.5 million.) The comparatively low-budget Tammy followed in third place with around $12.91 million, bringing its total to date to $57.4 million. In limited release, Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed Boyhood screened at five mostly sold-out theaters in New York and Los Angeles and averaged a striking $76,000 per theater.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Rentrak: 1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, $73 million; 2. Transformers: Age of Extinction, $16.5 million; 3. Tammy, $12.9 million; 4. 22 Jump Street, $6.7 million; 5. How to Train Your Dragon 2, $5.9 million; 6. Earth to Echo, $5.5 million; 7. Deliver Us From Evil, $4.7 million; 8. Maleficent, $4.2 million; 9. Begin Again, $2.9 million; 10. Jersey Boys, $2.5 million.