With multiple mainstream movies aiming at action audiences this weekend, newcomers "Lucy" and "Hercules" will have somewhat limited upside heading into their openings, though both are also in position to potentially top the box office charts as they receive releases of more than 3,000 theaters.
With a very strong $28.4 million in opening revenue, "The Purge: Anarchy" posted one of the more surprising first weekends of the year, though it was "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" that again topped the box office, hauling in $36 million. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" also continued to perform well around the globe.
While "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is in great position to potentially land back atop the box office charts, there are a few new titles that could have a significant impact in theaters this weekend. Leading the way should be "Planes: Fire & Rescue," an animated sequel from distributor Disney that is in an excellent spot to take over with family audiences for the rest of the summer.
Though not one of the very top openings of the year, a $73 million opening weekend for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" points to significant growth for the franchise and sets it up for a very nice box office run from now through the end of the summer. Meanwhile, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" became the quickest 2014 release to hit $200 million domestically.
Coming off of a successful franchise reboot in 2011, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" heads into theaters this weekend with just about everything going for it, which should lead to some very good numbers as it takes aim at action audiences. It should also be yet another big weekend for "Transformers: Age of Extinction," which is still putting up enormous numbers outside of the U.S.
Though comedy "Tammy" put together a decent opening, the box office was down nearly across the board over the holiday weekend, opening the door for "Transformers: Age of Extinction" to easily top the charts with $36 million in second weekend revenue. While "Tammy" hauled in $21.2 million from Friday through Sunday, horror-thriller "Deliver Us from Evil" put together a subpar opening.
With audiences flooding into theaters during a busy holiday weekend, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is once again in position to put up some big numbers, likely propelling it to far and away the best 10-day domestic total so far in 2014. But while "Transformers" scoops up action audiences, Melissa McCarthy's latest R-rated comedy "Tammy" will hope to find mainstream crowds.
With a studio estimated opening of $100 million, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is looking like the blockbuster that everyone assumed it would be, racking up a gaudy $23,000+ per venue at 4,233 total theaters around the country. Meanwhile, it was another very good weekend for R-rated comedy "22 Jump Street" as well as most of the other box office stalwarts.
Though the summer box office has been fairly quiet compared to usual standards, Michael Bay's latest robot smashup "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is likely to change that this weekend, as the fourth entry in the popular franchise should have no problem scooping up action audiences all over the world.