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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is No. 1 at U.S. box office for second week

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For the second week in a row, 20th Century Fox's action flick "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was the No. 1 at the U.S. and Canadian box office for the weekend ending July 20, 2014. According to a Box Office Mojo report published on July 20, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" had $36 million in ticket sales for the weekend ending July 20, 2014.

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (directed by Matt Reeves) stars Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Keri Russell and Jason Clarke. The movie is a sequel to the 2011 reboot "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is one of the rare sequels that has gotten better reviews than its predecessor.

Three movies opened in wide release on July 18, 2014. Here are their opening-weekend numbers:

Universal Pictures' horror thriller "The Purge: Anarchy" (starring Frank Grillo) debuted at No. 2, with $28.4 million in ticket sales.

Walt Disney Company's animated film "Planes: Fire & Rescue" (whose voice cast includes Dane Cook) debuted at No. 3, with $18 million in ticket sales.

Columbia Pictures' comedy "Sex Tape" (starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) debuted at No. 4, with $15 million in ticket sales.

According to Box Office Mojo, here are the Top 5 movies in the U.S. and Canada for the weekend ending July 20, 2014:

1. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" — $36 million

2. "The Purge Anarchy" — $28.4 million

3. "Planes: Fire & Rescue" — $18 million

4. "Sex Tape" — $15 million

5. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" — $10 million

And here are the opening-weekend box-office numbers for the movies that opened in limited release on July 18, 2014:

  • "Persecuted" — $959,000 from 736 theaters
  • "Wish I Was Here" — $495,000 from 68 theaters
  • "I Origins" — $28,700 from four theaters
  • "There's No Place Like Utopia" — $27,800 from one theater
  • "Mood Indigo" — $25,100 from two theaters
  • "A Five Star Life — $16,500 from one theater
  • "Alive Inside" — $7,200 from one theater
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