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N. American box office goes bananas for 'Apes'

Published on Jul 21, 2014 6:21 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes clung tight to the top of the North American box office for a second week in a row, earning far more than chimp change, industry data showed Sunday.

The Apes saga, based on the Pierre Boulle sci-fi tale of humans and chimps clashing to survive, earned US$36 million (S$44.6 million) in its second week out, for a total of US$139 million during its two weeks in theater so far, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Second, third and fourth places were each held by box office newcomers. Horror-thriller The Purge: Anarchy scared up US$28.4 million in ticket sales for second place in the sequel’s debut week.

Next in line with US$18 million was Planes: Fire & Rescue, the Disney computer-animated tale of talking aircraft working to fight blazes and help save a national park. It follows on the heels of last year’s Planes.

Cinema still: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. -- PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
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