(NYTIMES) — “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the latest entry in the simian-power film series from 20th Century Fox, took in an estimated $73 million at the domestic box office, as Hollywood shook off its dreary performance over the Fourth of July holiday and fierce competition from a World Cup final match on Sunday.

The film topped the weekend box office, placing ahead of Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which ranked second, with $16.5 million in sales, and about $209 million since its release on June 27.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” handily beat the performance of its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which took in $54.8 million on its first weekend in August 2011 and went on to sell $176.7 million in tickets at the domestic box office.

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