Weekend box office: Sex Tape can’t beat Apes or Planes
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES repeated atop the weekend box office, beating out newcomers THE PURGE: ANARCHY, PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE and SEX TAPE. The original PURGE opened to about $34 million while its sequel is on pace to get close to $30 million. Given how cheap these movies are (the sequel cost about $9 million) and the fact they triple their budget on their opening weekend, we should expect to see one of these films every year for the foreseeable future. Same kind of goes for PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE, which opened close to $20 million, meaning the Planes franchise is alive and well. Finally, there’s SEX TAPE, which had a decent premise and nude Cameron Diaz, but was crushed by critics. The result was a very disappointing $15 million opening, putting it in fourth place. I don’t really expect anything from Diaz, but Jason Segel can do better than that.
Next week sees the release of the Dwayne Johnson starring HERCULES as well as Scarlett Johansson’s LUCY. Two action movies opening on the same weekend, but to be honest, I think I’m more interested in LUCY. Nothing against The Rock, but I’m not sure there’s an audience for a big budget Hercules movie. I’m sure it will do well, but I’m not even convinced it can beat out DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. We also get the limited release of Woody Allen’s latest, MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, starring Emma Stone. Allen’s movies seem to always get the limited release treatment and then pick up steam as the summer goes on. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $35m
2. The Purge: Anarchy $28.2m
3. Planes: Fire and Rescue $17.9m
4. Sex Tape $15.1m
5. Transformers: Age of Extinction $9m
6. Tammy $7m
7. 22 Jump Street $4.5m
8. How To Train Your Dragon 2 $3.5m
9. Earth To Echo $3.1m
10. Maleficent $3m