The sentient primates are slated to best the Autobots and claim their throne atop the box-office charts this weekend.
The tremendous buzz around (i.e. 92% on RottenTomatoes.com) “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the follow-up to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” will likely make this the top-grossing movie at theaters this weekend.
Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” has topped the U.S. box office for the last two weeks, but as 20th Century Fox, is expecting $55 million to $60 million in ticket sales in the United Sates and Canada through Sunday for the latest installment of the ape-centric franchise; the beloved bots will surely face box-office extinction.
I am sure that Chernin Entertainment, the film’s production company, and Fox, the film’s financier, will be pleased with those figures. The overall production totaled to $170 million. This will not only be a strong start for the film, but will provide a sizable return on their investment.
The sequel picks up nearly a decade after a lethal virus ravaged the human race leaving chief ape Caesar’s republic of primates pitted against a group of human survivors whose relations are stressed, to say the least.
The domestic box-office isn’t seeing the same success when compared to last Summer. So, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” might be the golden ticket to turn it around.