Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
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July 14th, 2014

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was top at the box office during the weekend of Friday, July 11. The film saw profits of $73 million. Following the outbreak of the simian flu, the human race has suffered hugely. Caesar and his society of highly intelligent apes are slowly taking over the planet, constructing a new community. A small band of human survivors will encounter the apes and reawaken the conflicts regarding who deserves to rule the world. The PG-13 rating is due to intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence and brief strong language.

Continuing Films

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" saw profits of $16,500,000 during the weekend, bringing total earnings to more than $209 million. After discovering Optimus Prime by accident, Cade Yeager ends up embroiled in a massive showdown between the Transformers and the powerful forces that wish them harm. Having lost the trust of the humans, the Autobots have to go into hiding, but emerging problems mean they can't stay hidden for very long. The PG-13 rating is due to language, brief innuendo and intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.

"Tammy" has earned over $57 million since its debut, including $12,910,000 during the past weekend. With her husband getting cozy with another woman and her job no longer an option, Tammy goes for broke. Her dreams of a wild road trip will only come true if she accepts the help of her grandmother, an indomitable force named Pearl. Tammy just may learn a thing or two. The R rating is due to language that includes mature references.

"22 Jump Street" added $6,700,000 to its overall profits. The comedy has seen proceeds of more than $171 million. Jenko and Schmidt head out to new adventures, this time checking out college life. At the same time, they're secretly hunting down the source of a dangerous drug, and the mission will force them to encounter faces from their past. It will also introduce them to some major new challenges. Language, mature content, brief nudity, violence and drug material contribute to the comedy's R rating.

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" has earned $5,865,000, with total profits equaling more than $152 million. Hiccup meets an important person from his past, but unfortunately, things at the Isle of Berk aren't going so well lately. A deranged conqueror has plans to turn the dragons against the humans, meaning that the Vikings and dragons alike will have to fight back. Hiccup finds himself making big sacrifices. The PG rating is due to mild rude humor and adventure action.

"Earth to Echo" saw profits of $5,500,000. Overall, the film has earned over $24 million. Knowing that their neighborhood is about to make way for a new freeway, a close-knit group of misfits enjoy their last days together. Strange messages on their phones eventually lead the pals to discover a small alien robot that needs their help. The friends will have to draw on their resourcefulness. The PG rating is due to action, peril and mild language.

"Deliver Us from Evil" passed the $25 million mark, thanks to weekend profits of $4,700,000. Disturbing crimes leave New York police officer Ralph Sarchie wondering if there are dark forces at play. A priest teams up with Sarchie to fight back against the perpetrators that are leaving a trail of destruction throughout the city. Sarchie will have to strengthen his faith if he wants to survive. The film has an R rating for bloody violence, grisly images, language and terror.

"Maleficent" earned $4,169,000. In total, the film has earned more than $221 million. A wise and beautiful young woman, Aurora grows up in an isolated woodland cabin with three women as her caretakers. As she grows older, Aurora will start to piece together the dark past that led her there, including betrayal, a curse and a mysterious enchantress who seems to watch over Aurora. "Maleficent" has a PG rating for frightening images and sequences of fantasy action and violence.

Movies to DVD

"Rio 2" arrives on DVD on Tuesday, July 15. Blu and Jewel are a happy couple now, working hard at raising their three energetic chicks. Everything gets a little more serious when Linda discovers the possibility of mysterious Spix's macaws dwelling in the Amazon. Hoping to reconnect with more birds like them, Blu and Jewel take off for the rainforest. The animated movie has a G rating. 

"The Face of Love" stars Annette Bening as Nikki, a woman who loses her spark after her husband's death. Though she doesn't plan on loving again, Nikki runs across a man who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband. It doesn't take long for Nikki to start a new romance with a familiar face. Brief drug references contribute to a PG-13 rating.