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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rules US box office for second weekend

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Story by Jack Foley

DAWN of the Planet of the Apes has remained at the top of the US box office for a second weekend as a trio of new releases disappointed.

The sequel took $36 million to bring its US total to $139 million, while internationally – including the UK – it took a total of $103 million to bring its world-wide gross to $242 million.

Of the new releases that struggled to make as big an impression as had been hoped going into the weekend, The Purge: Anarchy amassed $28.4 million for second spot, claiming the best horror opening of the year to date.

But the figure fell some way short of the $34.1 million that the original film, starring Ethan Hawke, took in June 2013.

It was also way off matching the $41.8 million debut of The Conjuring on the same weekend a year ago.

Disney’s animated family film Planes: Fire & Rescue placed third but also did less than its predecessor. Fire & Rescue‘s $18 million was some way below the $22 million for Planes, which debuted in August 2013.

The new was worse still for Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s R-rated comedy, Sex Tape, which bombed with $15 million for fourth spot. The critically derided film struggled to gain any box office mojo despite the reunion of Segel and Diaz for the first time since Bad Teacher.

Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction rounded out the top five in the US, adding a further $10 million in its fourth weekend for a total of $227.2 million.

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