Dawn of the Planet of the Apes asserted its dominance over the North American box office this weekend–not to mention its dominance in the ranks of the film franchise’s best movies. We’re closing out the weekend with box-office tracking saying that Dawn has an estimated $73 million in ticket sales. That’s a 25% increase over its predecessor Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which opened to $54.8 million back in 2011.
Its success can be attributed to a number of factors: Great reviews (currently 90% on Rotten Tomatoes), 3D & IMAX surcharges, the fact that the first one was actually a pretty good movie, and a dearth of entertaining new releases in the marketplace. The film knocked Transformers: Age of Extinction out of the number one slot this weekend, which crossed the $200 million mark this weekend, but is now on pace to be the lowest grossing entry in the franchise (in North America at least).
In other news, Maleficent is currently the highest grossing non-superhero movie of the year worldwide. With $635 million in box office receipts, it’s currently the fourth highest grossing movie of the year behind X-Men: Days of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, though it’s about to be eclipsed by Transformers. Looks like Angelina Jolie‘s still got plenty of mojo at the box office–but Maleficent still owes its iconic clout to a feature-length cartoon.