'Planet of the Apes' thumps chest with $73M debut

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26:  (L-R) Producer Dylan Clark, producer Peter Chernin, actor Andy Serkis, Jim Gianopulos of Fox and actress Keri Russell arrive at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" at Palace Of Fine Arts Theater on June 26, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images) (Michael Buckner, 2014 Getty Images)
On the red carpet at the San Francisco premiere of 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.' (Michael Buckner, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/13 12:52 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" thumped its chest at the box office with a $73 million opening weekend.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Fox's "Planet of the Apes" sequel rode excellent reviews and high anticipation to one of the summer's best debuts. It easily surpassed the $54.8 million opening to 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the reboot of the 1970s chimp franchise.

The big opening helped give the summer box office a shot in the arm, but it wasn't enough to stop an overall downward trend. The weekend's box office was down nearly 24 percent from the corresponding weekend last year.

After two weeks on top, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" slid to second with $16.5 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" came in third with $12.9 million.

 

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