A raunchy romantic comedy, an anarchy thriller and an animated kids' flick weren't enough to unseat the evolved primates ruling the box office.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the 3-D sequel to the 2011 blockbuster
The "Apes" had serious competition with "Sex Tape," "The Purge: Anarchy" and "Planes: Fire & Rescue," all opening this weekend.
Universal Pictures' thriller "The Purge: Anarchy" opened at No. 2, besting the slate of new releases by bringing in $28.4 million its first weekend.
“The Purge: Anarchy,” the follow-up to last summer's hit
The $3 million original starring
"I think people got caught up in the first one, and they came to see the second one," said Nikki Rocco, Universal's president of domestic distribution. "We are really pleased with the results. The marketplace has been very difficult for these types of films.
"There's always a built-in audience when it comes to horror," said Rocco, who hopes the franchise continues. "But maybe there's been nothing compelling until now."
"Planes: Fire & Rescue" came in at No. 3 after it pulled in $18 million. The animated family film, which cost about $50 million to make, follows firefighting aircraft (voiced by
Its 2013 predecessor,
"Sex Tape," starring
The Columbia Pictures raunchy rom-com, which cost about $40 million to make, follows married couple Jay (Segel) and Annie (Diaz), who try to bring the spark back into their marriage but their bedroom romp accidentally goes public. Naughty hijinks follow.
“Sex Tape” reunited Diaz and Segel with director