‘Planet of the Apes’ tops US box office charts

 14 Jul 2014 - 0:37

Bullfighter Manuel Escribano performs a pass during a bullfight at the Plaza de Toros during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, yesterday. The festival, a heady mix of dancing, late nights and bullfights, made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his novel “The Sun Also Rises”, runs for nine days until today.

LOS ANGELES: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” a sequel about highly intelligent apes that battle with humans for dominance, has knocked the giant “Transformers” robots out of the top spot on US and Canadian movie charts.
The 3D “Apes” movie collected $73m in ticket sales from Friday through yesterday, according to estimates from Rentrak.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” a sequel that ruled the box office the two previous weekends, dropped to second place with takings of $16.5m.
“Tammy,” a Melissa McCarthy comedy about a fast-food worker who gets fired, claimed the No. 3 spot with $12.9m.
“Apes” picks up the story of 2011 film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” 10 years later. Andy Serkis returns as Caesar, a brainy ape who leads his species and negotiates their interactions with the few humans who survived a deadly virus.
The films are reboots of the franchise that began with the
1968 classic film about apes that launch a revolution.
“Dawn” debuted stronger than 2011’s “Rise,” which grossed $54.8m during its opening weekend. “Dawn” also exceeded  pre-weekend forecasts for a debut of $63m to $70m at North American theaters. 
“Apes” added another $31m in international markets for a global debut of $10m , according to 20th Century Fox, the unit of 21st Century Fox which released it.
Critics applauded the new installment, with 91 percent of reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes website recommending the film.
Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox, said the debut was “the perfect box office storm.
It’s rare when critics and audiences like the same property, but it’s not just a summer blockbuster. There’s thought and intelligence to this movie,” which cost $170m.