"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" has won the box office surpassing expectations.

The 20th Century Fox film took home $73 million dollars in 3,967 theaters. The strong opening was due to the anticipation after a successful 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which opened with $54 million. Additionally, reviews for the movie were outstanding and the fact that it was a fresh new story with new characters made the movie a must-watch. While it did not get close to a $90 million opening, the film still has a chance of making the $200 million mark, especially with little competition over the next few weeks and good word of mouth.

In second place, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" continued to lag domestically. The movie fell another 56 percent and made another $16.5 million. The franchise film has already made $209 million. However, it will most likely become the first film in the series to not make it to the $300 million mark domestically. Instead, it should end with $255 million.  

In third place, Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy" held better than expected. The film made an estimated $12.9 million and brought its total to $57.4 million. If the film continues to hold solidly, it still has a chance of making between $80 million and $90 million by the end of its run.

"22 Jump Street" also continued to hold strongly, as it made another $6.7 million. The film has now made $171 million and will likely end its run in the $180 million to $185 million range.

Meanwhile, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" continued to show legs and made $5.8 million. However, the animated movie still trails the first installment and has only made a disappointing $152 million.

In its second weekend, "Earth to Echo" fell 34 percent and made $5.5 million. The hold was better than expected, and the science fiction flick has now made $24 million. Expect a $35 million finish.

"Deliver Us From Evil" had the usual 50 percent drop for a horror flick. The Eric Bana starrer brought another $4.7 million and has now made $25 million. The film is likely to also end its run in the mid $30 million rage.

Disney's "Maleficent" continues to be one of the strongest summer blockbusters. Having only dropped 34 percent, the film made another $4 million and brought its total gross to $221 million. The film, featuring Angelina Jolie in the lead, is only $2 million behind "Oz: The Great and Powerful," and it will likely surpass the 2013 film by the end of its run.  

The Weinstein Company had its first hit of the year. After a subpar wide release for "The Railway Man" and a small release for the "The Immigrant," the company's latest film "Begin Again" scored a solid $2.9 million wide opening. The musical has already made $5.2 million. and with good reviews and solid word of mouth, the John Carney film is likely to become a breakout Indie film.

In art house theaters, "Boyhood" led the pack with an incredible $359,000 opening in five theaters. That is equivalent to $71,800 per theater average, and it has now become the second-best per-theater average for an Indie film this year. IFC has made a strong marketing campaign on the movie and opted out of a VOD and in-demand release. The film's strong reviews and awards buzz also helped the movie's appeal. IFC plans on expanding the movie in more theaters next weekend and is planning an aggressive nationwide expansion in a couple of weekends.     

Sony Pictures Classics had a modest debut with the Sundance hit "Land Ho!" The Iceland feature made an estimated $37,800 in four theaters.

Radius TWC continued to have a strong run with "Snowpiercer." Even though the Chris Evans film opened on VOD, the feature still made $677,000 in 356 theaters. That brought its total to $2.6 million. While VOD numbers were not released, the feature became the number one most downloaded movie on iTunes.