"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" tops its predecessor--and expectations--at the box office. The film is in position for an easy victory this weekend.

Besting both its predecessor “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and expectations from industry bloggers, critical sensation “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” earned an impressive $27.7 million in its box office debut Friday.

Up from the $19.5 million earned on opening day by 2011′s “Rise,” the $27.7 million Friday total puts “Dawn” in position to cross the $70 million threshold this weekend.

The previous film ended up earning $54.8 million over its first three days.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Friday’s number two film, was distantly removed from first place. It earned $4.8 million at the box office Friday.

On the plus side, it is in position to cross the $200 million cumulative mark this weekend.

“Tammy” claimed third place Friday with $4.0 million, while “22 Jump Street” ($2.1 million) and “Earth to Echo” ($1.8 million) closed out the top five.

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