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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Hey, Chuck, those damned dirty apes are back, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes led the box office with an estimated $72.3 million debut.

The big noise among exclusive bows was unquestionably Boyhood that benefited from a sterling promotional campaign that generated a whopping $374,000 from five engagements. Also good were the grumpy old guys of Land Ho! with a $36,000 tally at four excursions.

The potential competition decided to sit this one out but there was activity in the niches, including a couple of new titles from India. The Hindi Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania was off to a fair start of $383,000 as was the Telugu Drushyam that grossed $214,000. In Quebec, three local titles bowed including a concert film with local sensation Marie-Mai that didn’t translate. The other two titles were better but … not by much.

Session revenues were slightly better, translating into a 15% bump from last weekend. It was nonetheless a 24% decline from 2013 when the second weekend of Despicable Me 2 grossed $43.9 million and edge out newcomers Grown Ups 2 and Pacific Rim that bowed respectively with $41.5 million and $37.3 million.

Like the Bond franchise, POTA, has proved both its malleability and ongoing popularity and trackers were pretty much in the ballpark with prognostications of $70 million to $75 million. Dawn followed up nicely from Rise of the Planet of the Apes with an apt moral fable and sufficient digital effects to provide a handful of video games with ample fodder. Roughly 8% of its box office came from Premium Large Format engagements but the studio was unable to sync a deal with IMAX … unfortunately.

The opening weekend audience per studio exit polling was 58% male with 55% of viewers aged 25-years and older. The film opened day-and-date in 26 international markets including Australia and South Korea but holding back in major territories undoubtedly glued to today’s World Cup final. It tallied up an estimated $31 million.

On the alternative front, Begin Again expanded to national level, but appears to have run out of steam. Chef also added a few playdates and its $24 million gross will be impossible to overtake, though the likes of Ida, Obvious Child and The Grand Seduction have all surpassed the expectations of less optimistic pundits.

Weekend (estimates) July 11 – 13, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 72.3 (18,230) NEW 3967 72.3
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 16.5 (4,220) -55% 3913 209.1
Tammy WB 12.9 (3,720) -40% 3465 57.3
22 Jump Street Sony 6.6 (2,360) -32% 2811 171.9
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 5.9 (2,040) -34% 2885 152.1
Earth to Echo Relativity 5.5 (1,700) -34% 3230 24.6
Deliver Us from Evil Sony 4.6 (1,520) -53% 3049 24.9
Maleficent BV 4.2 (2,010) -32% 2077 222
Begin Again Weinstein Co. 2.9 (3,110) 132% 939 5.3
Jersey Boys WB 2.5 (1,270) -52% 1968 41.7
Think Like a Man Too Sony 2.4 (1,980) -50% 1231 61.8
America Lionsgate 2.4 (2,210) -11% 1105 8.2
Edge of Tomorrow WB 1.8 (1,680) -49% 1103 94.5
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 1.5 (1,470) -42% 1002 119.6
Chef Open Road/VVS 1.3 (1,840) -24% 701 24.1
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 1.0 (1,570) -46% 655 229.2
Snowpiercer Weinstein Co. 0.6 (1,710) -39% 356 2.6
Rio 2 Fox .40 (1,390) 7% 285 129.6
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Big Pictures .38 (3,790) NEW 101 0.38
Boyhood IFC .37 (74,800) NEW 5 0.37
Neighbors Uni .35 (1,300) -17% 267 148.6
Blended WB .34 (1,020) 4% 335 44.7
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony .33 (1,360) -28% 244 201.6
Third Person Sony Classics .24 (1,070) 49% 227 0.56
A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni .23 (1,200) -20% 188 42.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $144.90
% Change (Last Year) -24%
% Change (Last Week) 15%
Also debuting/expanding
Obvious Child A24 .22 (1,790) -41% 124 2.8
Drushyam iDream .21 (3,290) 65 0.21
Ida Music Box .14 (1,620) -41% 85 3.1
Life Itself Magnolia .12 (2,160) -9% 55 0.31
Grand Seduction eOne .11 (1,290) -32% 88 2.7
Le Vrai du faux Seville 80,400 (1,040) 77 0.08
Les Vacances du petit Nicols Metropole 42,700 (1,190) 36 0.04
Land Ho! Sony Classics 36,900 (9,220) 4 0.04
Yves Saint Laurent Weinstein Co. 33,900 (2,420) -28% 14 0.16
The Perfect Wave Mission Pictures 28,200 (2,560) 11 0.03
Marie-Mai Live au Centre Bell TVA 18,700 (405) 46 0.02
Underwater Dreams 50 Eggs 5,700 (2,850) 2 0.01
Rage Image Ent. 5,300 (530) 10 0.01
Closed Curtains Variance 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
Where Was God? TRU Media 3,850 (3,850) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – July 10, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (15) 939.1 16.90%
20th Century Fox (13) 936.5 16.80%
Sony (14) 832.5 15.00%
Buena Vista (11) 810.6 14.60%
Universal (10) 575.8 10.40%
Paramount (9) 515.2 9.30%
Lionsgate (14) 293.4 5.30%
Open Road (6) 108.9 1.90%
Relativity (6) 95.1 1.70%
Fox Searchlight (5) 88.2 1.60%
Weinstein (16) 82.7 1.50%
FreeStyle (6) 70 1.30%
Focus (6) 39.1 0.70%
eOne/Seville (16) 37.1 0.60%
Other * (176) 131.8 2.40%
5556 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (Jan. 1 – July 10, 2014)
Title Distributor Market Share
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 258,044,754
The Lego Movie WB 257,257,169
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 228,137,071
Maleficent BV 217,824,808
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 201,241,570
Godzilla WB 198,108,951
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 192,531,298
22 Jump Street Sony 165,261,139
Divergent Lionsgate 150,947,895
Neighbors Uni 148,278,485
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 146,203,361
Frozen * BV 137,638,201
Ride Along Uni 134,986,540
Rio 2 Fox 129,234,812
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 125,026,404
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 118,123,484
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 111,192,223
300: Rise of an Empire WB 106,679,622
Noah Par 101,416,757
Edge of Tomorrow WB 92,685,092
* does not include 2013 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
Venom 33 4250 NEW 33
A Star is Born 15.7 3686 NEW 15.7
Smallfoot 3.5 4131 -46% 31.3
Night School 3.5 3019 -63% 37.9
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 1.8 3463 -43% 49.5
A Simple Favor 1 2408 -50% 46.6
The Nun 0.75 2264 -52% 111.5
Hell Fest 0.6 2297 -70% 7.4
Crazy Rich Asians 0.6 1466 -51% 167.6
The Predator 0.25 1643 -77% 49.3
Also Debuting
The Hate U Give 0.17 36
Shine 85,600 609
Exes Baggage 75,900 62
NOTA 71,300 138
96 61,600 62
Andhadhun 55,000 54
Afsar 45,400 33
Project Gutenberg 36,000 17
Love Yatri 22,300 41
Hello, Mrs. Money 22,200 37
Studio 54 5,300 1
Loving Pablo 4,200 15
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
No Good Dead 24.4 (11,230) NEW 24.4
Dolphin Tale 2 16.6 (4,540) NEW 16.6
Guardians of the Galaxy 7.9 (2,550) -23% 305.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.8 (1,630) -26% 181.1
The Drop 4.4 (5,480) NEW 4.4
Let's Be Cops 4.3 (1,570) -22% 73
If I Stay 4.0 (1,320) -28% 44.9
The November Man 2.8 (1,030) -36% 22.5
The Giver 2.5 (1,120) -26% 41.2
The Hundred-Foot Journey 2.5 (1,270) -21% 49.4