Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (Official Trailer)

Following a slow 4th of July Weekend, the box office saw a solid draw this weekend, as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to #1 with a $73 million opening.

The film, which is one of the summer’s best debuts, easily surpassed the $54.8 million opening to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the reboot of the fabled chimp franchise. In it, Ceasar leads a growing nation of genetically evolved apes, who are threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

A sequel, to be directed by Matt Reeves, is already in the works to further extend the franchise that first began with 1968’s Planet of the Apes, based on Pierre Boulle’s French novel. Four movies followed in the 1970s, as well as a failed 2001 reboot by Tim Burton.

Transformers: Age of Extinction fell to #2 this weekend with another $16.5 million; Tammy lands at #3 with $12.9 million and a domestic total of over $57 million in two weekends; 22 Jump Street comes in fourth with $6.7 million and $171M total; and How to Train Your Dragon 2 surpasses $152 million with $5.8 million this weekend.

That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of Jason Segel and Cam’ron Diaz’s comedy, Sex Tape; the animated Planes: Fire & Rescue; and The Purge: Anarchy.

This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:

1. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” $73 million.
2. “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” $16.5 million
3. “Tammy,” $12.9 million.
4. “22 Jump Street,” $6.7 million
5. “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” $5.9 million
6. “Earth to Echo,” $5.5 million.
7. “Deliver Us From Evil,” $4.7 million.
8. “Maleficent,” $4.2 million.
9. “Begin Again,” $2.9 million.
10. “Jersey Boys,” $2.5 million.