Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has earned $73 million (€54 million) on its opening weekend in USA.
The 20th Century Fox sequel easily surpassed the $54.8 million opening earnings for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which appeared in 2011.
Directed by Matt Reeves, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has impressed critics and cinema goers, with Andy Serkis attracting particular kudos as the film's lead ape, Caesar.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has raced ahead of previous films in the franchise, adding $31.1 million overseas from 26 markets, for a global opening gross of $104.1 million.
A third part of the rebooted franchise is already in the works and will also be directed by Reeves.