'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' Dominates Box Office with $129M Global Debut

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" opens with $129 million globally, marking the third-highest opening of the year. The film's success is driven by strong turnout from male viewers and moviegoers aged 18-34.

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'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' Dominates Box Office with $129M Global Debut

'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' Dominates Box Office with $129M Global Debut

"Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes," the 10th installment in the long-running science-fiction franchise, has opened with a strong $129 million global weekend, proving the series' enduring appeal. The film grossed $56.5 million domestically and $72.5 million internationally, marking the third-highest opening of the year behind "Dune: Part Two" and "Kung Fu Panda 4."

Directed by Wes Ball, "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" is set 300 years after the events of 2017's "War for the Planet of the Apes." The movie follows a young chimp named Noa, played by Owen Teague, and a mysterious human named Nova, portrayed by Freya Allen, as they fight for a future where apes and humans can coexist. The film has received strong reviews, with an 80% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a "B" CinemaScore from audiences.

The franchise, which began in 1968 with the Charlton Heston-led original, has shown remarkable staying power over the decades. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, attributes this longevity to the series' ability to evolve and remain relevant. "This franchise has never been allowed to lose its momentum," Dergarabedian said. "There are very few franchises that have this kind of longevity."

The film's success was driven by strong turnout from male viewers, who made up 64% of the audience, and moviegoers aged 18-34, who represented 57% of ticket buyers. The 25-34 age group was the largest demographic, accounting for nearly a third of the audience. Diversity was also solid, with 35% Caucasian, 27% Latino and Hispanic, 22% Black, and 9% Asian attendees.

Premium large format (PLF) and IMAX screens played a significant role in the film's box office performance, accounting for 44% of the weekend's gross. According to Screen Engine/Comscore PostTrak exits, 43% of moviegoers bought tickets because they love the franchise. The film received a B Cinemascore and 3.5 out of 5 stars on Screen Engine/Comscore's PostTrak, with 85% of the audience giving it an A or B grade.

Elsewhere at the box office, Universal's "The Fall Guy," starring Ryan Gosling, dropped to second place in its second week, earning $13.7 million domestically for a global total of $103.7 million. "Challengers," led by Zendaya, took in $4.7 million in its third week, bringing its domestic total to $38 million and worldwide earnings to $68.7 million.

The overall weekend box office stands at $93.8 million, 27% ahead of last weekend but 7% behind the same frame in May 2023. As the summer movie season approaches, the success of "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" provides a much-needed boost to the industry, demonstrating the enduring power of well-established franchises to draw audiences to theaters.

Key Takeaways

  • "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" opens with $129 million globally.
  • The film grossed $56.5 million domestically and $72.5 million internationally.
  • The franchise has shown remarkable staying power since 1968.
  • Males and 18-34-year-olds drove the film's box office success.
  • The film received strong reviews with an 80% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.