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"Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" tops U.S. box office

English.news.cn   2014-07-21 03:47:46

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Fox's "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" triumphed over three new movies this weekend, leading the North America weekend box office for the second consecutive week.

"Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" was down 50 percent from last weekend with 36 million U.S. dollars in the United States and Canada during Friday-Sunday period, according to studio estimates from Rentrak.

With a ten-day gross of 138.9 million dollars, the film is running an impressive 32 percent ahead of the 105.2 million ten- day take of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" in 2011, making it the 10th film of this summer to collect over 100 million dollars.

Universal's horror thriller "The Purge: Anarchy" debuted with 28. 4 million dollars from 2,805 locations, taking the second place of the weekend.

The budget of this horror sequel was 9 million dollars, triple the first. But it fell short in sales of last year 's original, "The Purge", which opened with 34 million dollars. Directed and written by James DeMonaco, the story was set in a future United States in which all crime is legal for 12 hours.

The sequel received a 52 percent approval rating from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. It also earned a "B" CinemaScore, which is a respectable feat for a thriller.

Disney's animated sequel "Planes: Fire and Rescue" garnered No. 3 spot with 18 million from 3,826 locations. It got 44 percent approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and earned an "A" from first- night moviegoers, according to CinemaScore.

Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal, Sony Pictures' R-rated comedy "Sex Tape" was ranked No. 4 with 15 million dollars.

The comedy earned a "C+" from fans and only 20 percent approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Rounding out the 10 most popular films in North America this weekend were "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" (10 million U.S. dollars), "Tammy" (7.6 million), "22 Jump Street" (4.7 million), " How To Train Your Dragon 2" (3.8 million), "Maleficent" (3.3 million) and "Earth To Echo" (3.3 million).

Editor: yan
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