Dawn of the Planet of the Apes easily topped the weekend box office, overthrowing Transformers: Age of Extinction’s two-week hold of the No. 1 spot. The Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy dropped to third place.
Debuting in 3,967 theaters, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes grossed $72.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The 20th Century Fox sci-fi action film on genetically evolved apes is the followup to its 2011 predecessor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which began the reboot of the original Planet of the Ape series. The latest film has earned positive feedback. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- on CinemaScore. The film stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell.
Transformers: Age of Extinction made $16.3 million, falling 56 percent. The effects-laden Michael Bay film on battling robots has a total gross of $208.8 million over three weeks. Age of Extinction, like the previous three Transformers films, has failed to impress critics, with a putrid 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It does, however, have an A- on CinemaScore.
Tammy, which opened in second place last week, dropped to third with $12.5 million. The Warner Bros. comedy fell 41.8 percent and has made a total of almost $57 million. It has a 23 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and a C+ over at CinemaScore. The film features McCarthy as a burger joint worker having a bad day and ending up on a crazy road trip.