‘Apes Reign at the Box Office with $56.5M Opening for ‘Kingdom of the Planet’

“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” Dominates the Box Office with $56.5 Million Opening

LOS ANGELES — The highly anticipated film “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” took the box office by storm this past weekend, raking in an impressive $56.5 million in North America. The movie, a continuation of the popular “Apes” trilogy from the 2010s, delivered a much-needed boost to the summer movie season, which has seen a shaky start.

The success of “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” marks the third highest opening of the year, trailing behind the debuts of “Dune: Part Two” and “Kung Fu Panda 4.” With a global total of $129 million, the film performed even better internationally, solidifying its position as a blockbuster hit.

The strong showing of “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” comes on the heels of a lackluster performance from Ryan Gosling’s “The Fall Guy” the previous week, signaling a potential downturn in the summer box office. However, the film easily outperformed the rest of the top 10 movies combined, demonstrating its box office dominance.

Directed by Wes Ball of “Maze Runner” fame, “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is the 10th installment in the long-running franchise that began in 1968. Despite featuring a new cast and storyline, the film has managed to captivate audiences with its blend of sci-fi, social commentary, and thrilling action sequences.

Critics and audiences alike have praised the film for its impressive visual effects and engaging storytelling. With an 80% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a “B” CinemaScore, “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” has solidified its place as a must-see summer blockbuster.

As the movie industry looks ahead to the rest of the summer, there is a sense of uncertainty surrounding upcoming releases. While potential blockbusters like “Despicable Me 4” and “Deadpool & Wolverine” are on the horizon, other films like “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” and “Twisters” are more unpredictable in terms of box office success.

Despite the challenges facing the summer movie season, “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” has proven that there is still an appetite for big-budget, action-packed films that transport audiences to new and exciting worlds. As theaters continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic, it is clear that audiences are eager to experience the magic of the silver screen once again.

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