Box office top 20: ‘Apes’ debuts with $72.6M

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NEW YORK (AP) - “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung to the top of the box office with a $72.6 million debut, one of the summer’s best openings.

The “Planet of the Apes” sequel, directed by Matt Reeves, unseated another sequel, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” from the top spot after the Michael Bay action film led the box office for two straight weeks.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:

1. “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” 20th Century Fox, $72,611,427, 3,967 locations, $18,304 average, $72,611,427, 1 week.

2. “Transformers: Age Of Extinction,” Paramount, $16,302,415, 3,913 locations, $4,166 average, $208,833,713, 3 weeks.

3. “Tammy,” Warner Bros., $12,555,151, 3,465 locations, $3,623 average, $56,998,752, 2 weeks.

4. “22 Jump Street,” Sony, $6,501,558, 2,811 locations, $2,313 average, $171,762,697, 5 weeks.

5. “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” 20th Century Fox, $6,073,372, 2,885 locations, $2,105 average, $152,276,733, 5 weeks.

6. “Earth To Echo,” Relativity Media, $5,488,277, 3,230 locations, $1,699 average, $24,585,816, 2 weeks.

7. “Deliver Us From Evil,” Sony, $4,750,289, 3,049 locations, $1,558 average, $25,052,099, 2 weeks.

8. “Maleficent,” Disney, $4,180,586, 2,077 locations, $2,013 average, $222,005,394, 7 weeks.

9. “Begin Again,” The Weinstein Company, $2,820,839, 939 locations, $3,004 average, $5,171,587, 3 weeks.

10. “Jersey Boys,” Warner Bros., $2,517,430, 1,968 locations, $1,279 average, $41,712,040, 4 weeks.

11. “Think Like A Man Too,” Sony, $2,400,983, 1,231 locations, $1,950 average, $61,807,245, 4 weeks.

12. “America,” Lionsgate, $2,393,811, 1,105 locations, $2,166 average, $8,211,791, 3 weeks.

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