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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rises to top of North American box office

Published on Jul 14, 2014 6:29 AM
 
Cinema still: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Newcomer Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes clambered to the top at US and Canadian silver screens, edging out the Transformers epic, industry data showed Sunday. -- PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Newcomer Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes clambered to the top at US and Canadian silver screens, edging out the Transformers epic, industry data showed Sunday.

The Apes saga, based on the Pierre Boulle sci-fi tale of humans and chimps clashing to survive, had a smashing debut, raking in US$73 million (S$90.6 million), according to industry monitor Exhibitor Relations.

That pushed Transformers: Age Of Extinction to second place with US$16.5 million - or US$209 million in three weeks.

The massive morphing robots epic was the first movie of the year to open with US$100 million on the domestic front.

 
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