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Weekend box office: 'Apes' number one again, 'Purge' sequel closely follows

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was the number one movie at the box office for the second week in a row, despite a slew of new releases. The well-received sequel to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” has enjoyed some good word-of-mouth, and as a result it topped a relatively slow weekend at the movies with $36 million.

Caesar and the apes are on the verge of war with humanity in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
20th Century Fox

Out of this weekend’s new releases, “The Purge: Anarchy” performed the best, grossing $28.3 million and coming in second. Its predecessor, “The Purge”, became something of a cult hit among horror fans, so it’s likely that this sequel will continue to perform better than it did in theaters. Another sequel, “Planes: Fire and Rescue”, followed in third with $18 million. That movie, an animated spin-off of Pixar’s “Cars” movies, didn’t do quite as well as its predecessor did opening weekend, but for a series that was originally slated to be released direct to DVD, it didn’t do too badly.

The raunchy comedy “Sex Tape”, starring Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz, surprisingly didn’t do well at all, debuting in fourth with $15 million. As Segal and Diaz’s movies generally do a little better than that, and comedies of this sort are often popular, its failure could be a combination of abysmal reviews and the fact that maybe it’s just a little too raunchy for most people’s taste.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”: $36 million

2. “The Purge: Anarchy”: $28.3 million

3. “Planes: Fire and Rescue”: $18 million

4. “Sex Tape”: $15 million

5. “Transformers: Age of Extinction”: $10 million

6. “Tammy”: $7.6 million

7. “22 Jump Street”: $4.7 million

8. “How to Train Your Dragon 2”: $3.8 million

9. “Maleficent”: $3.3 million

10. “Earth to Echo”: $3.2 million

11. “Begin Again”: $2.7 million

12. “America”: $1.7 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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