Worldwide box office: 'Apes' back on top

AFP Relax NewsSeptember 1, 2014
With cumulative revenues of $613.3 million, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is the most lucrative blockbuster of summer 2014.

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.