Weekend Forecast: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Featured Stories - on July 09, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

apes-wknd2.pngJuly 11 sees the release of Fox's anticipated sci-fi sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

PROS:

- The previous film hauled an impressive $55 million opening and $177 million domestic total in 2011, regaining much of the goodwill lost by the prior series reboot in 2001.
- Early reviews for this installment are ecstatic, scoring a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (from 43 reviews) at time of publishing.
- The lack of breakout blockbusters this summer leaves Apes in a position to pick up moviegoer demand for something fresh and exciting.
- Flixster activity is stellar, becoming only the sixth movie of 2014 to score over 100,000 anticipatory votes.

CONS:

- The change in leading man (from James Franco to the lesser known Jason Clarke) means star power won't drive this one. However, the return of Andy Serkis and addition of Gary Oldman in a villain-like role could offset that somewhat.
- Twitter and Facebook activity have left something to be desired, although it may simply underline the fact that this series appeals to an older audience base.
- Despite gaining a strong amount of goodwill through the lead-in flick, sequels don't always improve upon their predecessors (see Star Trek Into Darkness).
- Although it's technically the first sequel in this string of films, there's still something to be said of franchise fatigue in a summer filled with sequels that have underperformed against their predecessors.

Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Domestic Total through Sunday, July 13
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes Jul 11, 2014 Fox
$67,000,000 $67,000,000
Transformers: Age of Extinction Jun 27, 2014 Paramount
$19,000,000 $212,500,000
Tammy Jul 2, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$12,000,000 $56,500,000
22 Jump Street Jun 13, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$6,500,000 $171,800,000
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Jun 13, 2014 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
$6,200,000 $152,600,000
Earth to Echo Jul 2, 2014 Relativity Media
$5,400,000 $24,500,000
Deliver Us from Evil (2014) Jul 2, 2014 Sony / Screen Gems
$5,300,000 $25,700,000
Maleficent May 30, 2014 Disney
$4,300,000 $222,100,000
Begin Again Jun 27, 2014 Weinstein Company
$3,500,000 $5,800,000
Jersey Boys Jun 20, 2014 Warner Bros.
$3,000,000 $42,200,000
Think Like a Man Too Jun 20, 2014 Sony / Screen Gems
$2,700,000 $62,100,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

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