After the slowest Fourth of July holiday in over a decade, the box office should get a nice boost from “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
Three years ago, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” surprised audiences and critics with its quality. Gone were the guys in monkey suits, and in was some of the best money effect ever seen on the big screen. The film opened with $54.8 million, and went onto gross $481.8M worldwide with $176.7M coming domestically.
Rise proved beyond a reasonable doubt that moneys rule, and people drool. Rise also achieved an incredible feat: It made audiences forget about Tim Burton’s 2001 disaster, “Planet of the Apes.”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” picks up a few years after “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” ends: The apes have established a community in the woods north of San Francisco, while the human population has been almost wiped out by the virus that was unleashed in Rise.
Playing at 3,967 theaters, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” should easily match its predecessor’s $54.8 million debut. But thanks to strong reviews (91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and good buzz from 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Dawn should bring in around $75 million this weekend.