'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Scores at Box Office with $73M Debut

By Fox News

Published 07/13 2014 02:08PM

Updated 07/13 2014 02:14PM

Los Angeles -- "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" thumped its chest at the box office with a $73 million opening weekend.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Fox's "Planet of the Apes" sequel rode excellent reviews and high anticipation to one of the summer's best debuts. 

After two weeks on top, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" slid to second with $16.5 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" came in third with $12.9 million.

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