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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' takes top at box office

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Fans of the very successful film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" have been waiting with bated breath for the next film in the reboot of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise. So, it is no surprise that "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" took first place at the box office this weekend, finally ending the two week domination of "Transformers: Age of Extinction." "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," starring Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell, earned an impressive $73 million in U.S. and Canada this weekend. The budget of this sequel was a massive $170 million and time will tell if the film turns a profit, but it's off to a great start.

"Transformers: Age of Extinction," dropped from first to second place during its third weekend in theaters. The Michael Bay film earned an additional $16.5 million over the weekend and has garnered a domestic total of $209 million since its release. The Melissa McCarthy comedy, "Tammy," dropped from second to third place, earning an additional $12.9 million. The comedy starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, "22 Jump Street," earned an additional $6.7 million and the children's animated film "How to Train your Dragon 2," came in fifth place, earning an additional $5.9 million.

Making their way into movie theaters next holiday weekend are nine films that will endeavor to end "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reign at first place. They are: the comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, "Sex Tape," the action thriller "The Purge: Anarchy," the animated film "Planes: Fire & Rescue, the adult comedy "And So It Goes," the Zach Braff film "Wish I Was There," the thriller "Persecuted," the sci-fi drama "I Origins," the romantic comedy "Mood Indigo" and the documentary "Alive Inside."

Watch for "Sex Tape" and "Planes: Fire and Rescue" to make the best attempt to dethrone "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" from first place at the box office.

See the below for complete details about the top ten films at the box office this weekend.

Box office statistics from imdb.com.

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