It was a close-run thing, but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was ultimately able to resist the late challenge of The Inbetweeners 2, winning the crown as top title of the summer at the UK box office. With the summer season officially ending on 31 August, Ceasar and friends had reached a robust £31.98m, nearly £1m ahead of the developmentally arrested boys on their Australian odyssey.
Backers Fox will be particularly pleased, since predecessor Rise of the Planet of the Apes maxed out at £20.77m, so the sequel is more than 50% ahead of that tally, and is still in cinemas. In contrast, the original The Inbetweeners Movie got as far as £45.03m. The sequel has fallen some way short of that incredible sum, although it too is still selling tickets. It’s worth remarking that £31m is still a phenomenal amount for a relatively low-budget comedy spun off from a British sitcom.
The 2014 summer top 10 charts below reflect how British tastes differ from those of North America, where Guardians of the Galaxy has ended the season as the biggest-grossing film of the season (fourth place here). Our top title, Apes, came fifth over there. Transformers: Age of Extinction proved the second biggest hit of the summer with US film fans, but managed only seventh place here. Disney’s Maleficent came third over there and eighth here.
Thanks to the World Cup in June, the summer season started even earlier this year, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 first out of the gate (in mid- to late April), meaning that the period under consideration is rather generously defined.