Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Debuts at #1 with $56.5 Million

The Planet of the Apes franchise releases its 10th film, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which opens at number one with $56.5 million in ticket sales. The film's performance is consistent with previous installments, demonstrating the franchise's enduring box office success.

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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Debuts at #1 with $56.5 Million

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Debuts at #1 with $56.5 Million

The planet, movie, franchise has released its 10th film, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which has opened at number one in the domestic Top 10 with $56.5 million in ticket sales. This performance is in line with the previous three movies in the series, demonstrating consistency in the franchise's box office performance.

The film's opening weekend is comparable to War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) with $56.3 million and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) with $54.8 million. The Caesar Trilogy, which concluded in 2017, has been followed by which aims to launch a new era for the canon. Director Wes Ball has ambitions to launch a new Planet of the Apes trilogy with this latest installment.

The Planet of the Apes franchise has sustained audience interest for almost 60 years, with the original film released in 1968. The series has managed to recover from early blows, including the total destruction of all life on Earth in the second film, through time travel and exploring the question of whether a grim future for human and ape kind is inevitable or alterable.

The first five movies were released in rapid succession, tackling turn-of-the-decade tumult and featuring surprising immediacy despite some awkward attempts to process social issues. The current four-movie series, starting from 2011, is more straightforward and less twisty, focusing on the story of Caesar, a super-intelligent ape, and his compatriots forming their own society.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is set hundreds of years past Caesar's story and features the apes carrying the film, with impressive special effects and a more deliberate franchise-approved tempo. Andy Serkis's motion-capture performance as Caesar is a highlight of the current series. The film has received positive first screening reactions and mixed-positive reactions from critics.

The series has undergone reboots, with a Tim Burton version in 2001 that is not well-liked, and a current series that has adapted to sustain itself in a different cinematic environment. The franchise has managed to push experimental elements, such as constructing movies around photorealistic animal characters, while still telling more familiar stories. Despite some creative pivots and risks, the series has avoided feeling wrung dry by nostalgia or spent ideas.

"There's a sigh of relief feeling that accompanies a franchise title demonstrating consistency, and that's exactly what we have this weekend with the performance by kingdom, planet, rules, weekend, box, office." The film's success is attributed to its stunning digital artistry and the excitement to see a new story set in the sci-fi world. With a strong opening and positive reactions, the Planet of the Apes franchise looks poised to continue its reign at the box office.

Key Takeaways

  • Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes opens at #1 with $56.5 million in ticket sales.
  • The film's opening weekend is comparable to previous movies in the series.
  • The franchise has sustained audience interest for almost 60 years.
  • The current series focuses on Caesar's story and features impressive special effects.
  • The film has received positive reactions and looks poised to continue the franchise's success.