Thanks to its opening in China, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" returned to first place at the global box office for the weekend ending August 31. The sci-fi movie earned $52 million worldwide over the period, including $47 million in Chinese theaters.
The sequel to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" now claims total revenues of $613 million, making it the most lucrative blockbuster of the summer. With $36 million in revenues, "Guardians of the Galaxy" landed in second place worldwide but remained on top of the US domestic box office.
Luc Besson's sci-fi action movie "Lucy" follows closely behind in third place, grossing $33.8 million this weekend to bring its total revenues to $269 million. In fourth and fifth place are "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" with $24 million and the disaster movie "Into the Storm" with $15.4 million.
Luke Greenfield's comedy "Let's Be Cops," headlined by Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson, took sixth place with $14.8 million. A hit with US audiences, the drama "If I Stay" starring Chloë Grace Moretz is in eighth place with $13.8 million, including $9.2 million from North American theaters.
Next in the ranking are the muscular stars of "The Expendables 3" with $12.3 million from theaters worldwide, followed by "How to Train Your Dragon 2" with $11.6 million and "Hercules" with $10.4 million.
After its second weekend in theaters, "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" has yet to take off. Frank Miller's sequel grossed just $3.9 million this weekend, confirming its status as one of the biggest flops of the summer.