While Dawn of the Planet of The Apes made Rs. 8.8 crore in India over the weekend, it managed to knock off Transformers from the top spot in the US and Canadian movie charts.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, "#DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes Thu previews 50 lacs, Fri 2.10 cr, Sat 3 cr, Sun 3.20 cr. Total: 8.80 cr nett. India biz."
Meanwhile, the 3D Apes movie collected $73 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from Rentrak. Transformers: Age of Extinction, a sequel that ruled the box office the two previous weekends, dropped to second place with takings of $16.5 million.
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Apes picks up the story of 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes 10 years later. Andy Serkis returns as Caesar, a brainy ape who leads his species and negotiates their interactions with the few humans who survived a deadly virus.
The films are reboots of the franchise that began with the 1968 classic film about apes that launch a revolution.
Dawn debuted stronger than 2011's Rise, which grossed $54.8 million during its opening weekend. Dawn also exceeded pre-weekend forecasts for a debut of $63 million to $70 million at North American theaters.
Apes added another $31 million in international markets for a global debut of $104 million, according to 20th Century Fox, the unit of 21st Century Fox which released it.
Critics applauded the new installment, with 91 percent of reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes website recommending the film.
Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox, said the debut was "the perfect box office storm. It's rare when critics and audiences like the same property, but it's not just a summer blockbuster. There's thought and intelligence to this movie," which cost $170 million.