Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in US theatres at the weekend and brought in a very respectable $73 million. Added to its sales outside America, that's an opening figure of just over $103 million - a haul that was no doubt helped by incredibly strong early reviews and the good will built up by 2011's Rise.
The rest of the top 5 in the States included Transformers 4 (more on that below) with $16.5 million, Tammy at $12.9 million, 22 Jump Street with 5.9 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 with 5.9.
But the real winner this weekend was actually Transformers: Age of Extinction. While receipts in the States may have trailed off massively since its $100 million opening weekend, massive international performance meant it added a more than $102 million total this weekend. That means its already grossed $753 million worldwide, making it officially the highest grossing movie of the year.
That's quite a feat - especially after just 17 days of release. Previous top dog X-Men: Days of Future Past only managed that feat at the end of its theatrical run and Transformers 4 will not only be in theatres in its current countries for weeks to come, it also has yet to open in the likes of France, Germany, Spain and Japan.
But it's still great to see a film like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earn top scores from audiences and critics and also go on to earn actual dollars at the box office as well.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes releases in Irish cinemas on the 17th of July 2014.