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This weekend’s top movies

This weekend’s top movies

BOX OFFICE TOPS:Andy Serkis as Caesar in a scene from the film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Photo: Associated Press

By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sci-fi sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” beat a new horror flick, an animated family film and an adult comedy to keep its grip on the U.S. box office title for a second straight weekend.

“Apes” collected $36 million in domestic ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from Rentrak, only the second summer film to top the box office for two consecutive weekends. Low-budget horror film “The Purge: Anarchy” finished in second place with $28.4 million.

Another new big release, Walt Disney Co’s animated “Planes: Fire and Rescue,” grabbed third place with $18 million, while the comedy “Sex Tape” took in $15 million for the No. 4 spot.

“Apes,” a sequel to the 2011 franchise reboot “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” has rung up some $242 million worldwide since its July 11 debut, according to distributor 20th Century Fox, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox. The movie stars Andy Serkis as Caesar, a brainy ape who leads the interactions with humans in the battle for dominance.

Following are the top 10 movies at North American box offices for the three days starting July 18, led by “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.

1. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”………$ 36.0 million

2. “The Purge: Anarchy”…………………$ 28.4 million

3. “Planes: Fire and Rescue”…………….$ 18.0 million

4. “Sex Tape”………………………….$ 15.0 million

5. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” …….$ 10.0 million

6. “Tammy”…………………………….$ 7.6 million

7. “22 Jump Street”…………………….$ 4.7 million

8. “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ …………$ 3.8 million

9. “Maleficent”………………………..$ 3.3 million

10. “Earth to Echo”……………………..$ 3.3 million

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