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You maniacs! You made Dawn of the Planet of the Apes the most popular movie in America! Ah, damn you! Goddamn you all to hell!
Actually, director Matt Reeves’ apocalyptic sequel — which banked an estimated $27.7 million on opening day — is one of the season’s most deserved chart-toppers, at least according to its A- Cinema Score and slew of positive reviews. EW’s Chris Nashawaty, for example, hailed Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar as “his most soulful motion-capture creation yet” and claimed Reeves’ film “easily tops” its predecessor, 2011′s James Franco-starring Rise of the Planet of the Apes. That »
- Clark Collis
Audiences went bananas on Friday for the latest sequel in the simian saga, as "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" ruled the box office with a $27.7 million opening. "Dawn" is on its way to a big $70 million weekend debut, placing it well ahead of its predecessor, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which bowed to $54.8 million in 2011. That film went on to gross $176.6 million domestically. "Dawn" stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis. Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" came in a distant second place, picking up another $4.8 million. The film has so far earned a huge $197.3 domestically, and should be passing the $200 million mark sometime today. The fourth film in the series, it stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Stanley Tucci. The Melissa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" picked up another $4 million for the bronze. Its North American total stands at a decent $48.4 million. Holdover "22 Jump Street, »
- Dave Lewis
“The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has swung back into theaters and waged a full-blown war.
The sequel grossed $27.7 million Stateside on Friday as it eyes a $70 million opening weekend. If estimates hold, the pic will outperform its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which launched to $54.8 million in 2011. The movie went on to surprise with $176.8 million Stateside and over $481.8 million worldwide.
Like “Rise,” “Dawn” has the added advantage of being critically acclaimed, earning 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Fox tentpole, which cost $170 million, was directed by Matt Reeves and produced by Chernin Entertainment. Set a decade after “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dawn” finds Andy Serkis’ Caesar less cuddly and more intelligent than his younger counterpart as he leads an ape uprising that threatens to dethrone man as the superior species.
- Maane Khatchatourian
To celebrate the release of the stunning-looking Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, in cinemas, on 17th July from Twentieth Century Fox, we’ve got three amazing prize packs to giveaway – as pictured above!
In the follow-up to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
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- Dan Bullock
"...a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by 'Caesar'...
"...is threatened by a band of human survivors contaminated by the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.
"They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived...as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species..."
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- Michael Stevens
Moviegoers appear to be going bananas for Fox’s “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”: Friday estimates indicate the opening weekend at the U.S. box office could reach $70 million.
Studio trackers calculated that opening-day business would range from $24 million to $27.8 million, including $4.1 million from late Thursday night showings. Projections for the three days range from $62 million to $70 million — slightly better than forecasts earlier in the week.
The uptick for the tentpole, which carries a $170 million pricetag, may stem from a warm embrace by critics, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting a 91% freshness rating.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” produced by Chernin Entertainment and starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman, should easily top the $54.8 million opening frame of its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in 2011.
“Rise” became a surprise success with $176 million domestically and over $300 million overseas — which has helped fuel moviegoers’ enthusiasm for “Dawn, »
- Dave McNary
20th Century Fox released their new Sci-Fi/thriller flick, "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" into theaters today, July 11th, and the top,major critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that the movie found a lot of favor with most of them as it scored and overall 79 score out of a possible 100 across 41 reviews over at metacritic.com. The movie stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, and Judy Greer. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News, gave it a perfect 100 score, saying: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is awe-inspiring." Todd McCarthy over at The Hollywood Reporter also gave it a perfect 100 grade! He stated: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes manages to do at least three things exceptionally well that are »
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Apes strong together." Now in theaters everywhere is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the Planet of the Apes reboot from 2011 called Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), this latest Apes movies introduces us to a new set of humans: Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Keri Russell and Gary Oldman. Caesar is back, once again played by Andy Serkis, with Toby Kebbell as Koba. Does it live up to Rise? Is it one of the best sequels ever? Once you've seen it, post a comment with thoughts on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, »
- Alex Billington
Before 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, married screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s last screenplay credit was 1997′s The Relic. What a difference a few years make. Today, Rise sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, with a screenplay that Jaffa and Silver co-penned with Mark Bomback. But Dawn is just the tip of the iceberg. Jaffa and Silver are currently hard at work on Avatar 2 alongside director James Cameron. The writers also worked on next year’s dino-reboot Jurassic World. And they’re credited as screenwriters on Ron Howard’s upcoming Heart of the Sea. »
- Darren Franich
Rise of the Planet of the Apes wasn’t supposed to be good. How could a reboot that followed Tim Burton’s dismal 2001 remake even approach being a worthy successor to a much beloved franchise that’s been around—in admittedly varying quality—since the late sixties? What more could be added to a series that’s essentially built on the simple premise of apes acting like humans? The answer was, quite a lot actually.
If you look past the shameless cash grab of rebooting movies based on name recognition alone, Rise of the Planet of the Apes reinvigorated and rewrote a very familiar story in a sort of ingenious way, giving us the imagery we wanted but also sufficiently creating a new narrative. It’s something that’s fascinated me with these new Planet of the Apes movies so far. We basically already know the outcome (a hint if »
- Sean Hutchinson
Today we bring Kevin Jagernauth in to help us review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to bring some balance to the conversation and we talk television as Laremy watched "The Leftovers" as well as the Emmy Awards, wondering if they are even remotely important at all. In addition to this we talk about the Internet spoiling TV and movies, does Andy Serkis deserve an Oscar and we also call a listener and that listener actually answers this time, plus a whole lot more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is in theatres right now, and we have the skinny on whether or not these simians are large and in charge or just kind of monkeying around. Read on for our verdict from the great and powerful Foywonder!
Read our Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review!
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
For more visit the official Dawn of the Planet of the Apes website, »
- Steve Barton
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was finally unleashed in theaters for preview screenings last night, taking in a healthy $4.1 million from 10 Pm and midnight previews.
This sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened in 2,750 theaters, but managed to fall short of recent hits such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction, which earned between $8 and $10 million during their Thursday night debuts.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did fare much better than its predecessor, 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which only took in $1.4 million en route to a solid $54.8 million opening weekend. The first movie ended up grossing $177 million domestically and $305 million worldwide.
Planet of the Apes is not an easy franchise to embrace. There’s the classic original Planet of the Apes and its sequels of varying quality, then there’s the terrible Tim Burton remake and finally Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which breathed new life. Would the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes take off from that launching point, or would it become another forgettable sequel?
Much like the end credits of Rise suggested, the opening credits of Dawn show the spread and lasting effect of the Simian flu/Alz-113 virus on the world, wiping out a large portion of the human population, creating pockets of survival, leaving many without the false comforts of technology and electricity. Supplies are becoming scarce and many of the post-apocalyptic staples are present, but conceptually, most fit very well into this specific instance. To many survivors, apes are wrongly viewed »
- Ernie Estrella
There’s a lot at stake with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: human supremacy on a post-apocalyptic Earth, the well-being of a 45-year-old franchise property… the summer box office.
With ticket sales down across the board, Dawn finds itself in the once unlikely position of summer savior. The 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which starred James Franco and Andy Serkis as the motion-capture Prometheus ape, Caesar, was a solid critical and popular hit, grossing $176.7 million.
Expectation are much higher for Dawn, which is set 10 years after the events of Rise. Humanity has been devastated by the simian flu, »
- Jeff Labrecque
From the outset, with that tight close-up of Caesar's face, it's clear that Andy Serkis and Weta Digital have taken performance capture to a whole new realm of photo-reality. The detail and emotional intensity are extraordinary. We're not even aware that Caesar is CG anymore. We are totally immersed in the moment and from there it just gets better as we witness the complexity of Caesar's epic struggle. As director Matt Reeves suggests, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is like "The Godfather" and Caesar is the Don: compassionate yet conflicted leader of the simian race as well as husband and father. And it's time that this crucial collaboration between Weta and Serkis be better understood and appreciated for this remarkable, Oscar-worthy achievement. To meet the photo-real demands of shooting on location principally in Muir Woods, Weta revamped its performance capture system, including bodysuits, cameras, markers, lighting and simulation of fur, »
- Bill Desowitz
You will emerge from viewing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes amazed at the motion capture performance by Andy Serkis. Sure, you’ve seen him do Gollum in Lord of the Rings and even Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but Dawn takes the work to an entirely new level. Recently some people in […]
- Peter Sciretta
Andy Serkis has explained that he considers motion capture performance to be driven by emotion.
Serkis portrays Caesar, the dominant ape in the forthcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, through the medium of motion capture. A dozen actors played apes through this method, with the 2,000 other apes being entirely computer generated.
The actor told The Telegraph: "This is a much more ambitious production than the last one. Technologically we have moved on with more robust, live action performance capture suits and the face-mounted cameras have a much higher resolution."
Responding to the question of whether actors who specialise in performance capture should be eligible for awards recognition, Serkis claimed that the use of CGI cannot override the emotion needed by the actors.
"It's all to do with performance," he said. "Caesar and all the other computer-generated characters I have ever played are driven by one thing, and that is acting. »
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is now upon us, bringing with it the best computer-generated enhancements this long-running franchise has ever seen. Sean tackled Cinema Blend's official review of the Matt Reeves tent pole that has Andy Serkis reprising his role as the smarter-than-the-average ape Caesar. But with a cinematic spectacle this big, it seemed the perfect time to further explore the response this adventure elicits with a Gif review. What follows is a diary of my reactions (and overreactions) watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Be warned: Slight Spoilers Lie Ahead! Like many moviegoers, I grew up with Planet of The Apes movies. It was kind of unavoidable. Every few years, some cable channel would decide to marathon them all. And who can turn away from the strange appeal of Roddy McDowall's lovable monkey Cornelius? Oh. Right. Anyhow, with this deeply instilled love and »
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the second installment of a new rebooted trilogy that began with 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The first film ended with a map showing the spread of a man-made retrovirus that proved deadly to humans but did not affect genetically enhanced the apes that were used as lab test subjects. The new film picks up ten years later where we find the remains of the human race facing their twilight while the growing society of advanced apes are experiencing their... you got it... "dawn."
For the longest time, each species has lived in societies completely separate from one another. The humans, led by the ape-hating ex-cop Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), scratch out a desperate existence while occupying a small section of an abandoned San Francisco. The apes have built their utopia in the Redwood Forest just outside the city. Caesar »
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