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Planet of the Apes Sequel Rules the Weekend Box Office

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which takes place ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, jolted the weekend box office with $73 million, and also took 20th Century Fox across the $1 billion mark in domestic ticket sales this year — the first studio to do so this year. The fourth Transformers, which was on top the past two weekends, came in second with $16.5 million. Melissa McCarthy's comedy Tammy took the third spot with $12.9 million. 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 continued to hold steady at fourth and fifth with $6.7 million and $5.9 million respectively. In limited release, Richard Linklater's 12-year project Boyhood, which David Edelstein praised as "momentous," earned $359,000 from just five theaters for a per-screen average of $71,800 — the second highest of the year so far. (Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is first.)