War for the Planet of the Apes is showing signs that there won’t be any monkey business at the box office come July 14, with an opening that’s looking to be $65M or possibly better.
Variety is reporting that War for the Planet of the Apes is looking to open somewhere between $55M and $65M based on early tracking. Presuming that the movie doesn’t increase its tracking between this week and now or does not greatly overperform to expectations, this estimate comes smack-dab in the middle of the other two entries in the franchise – Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which opened to $54.8M, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opened to $72.6M.
Thus far, critical response to the conclusion of the rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy is overwhelmingly positive, sitting at 96% fresh with 53 reviews. War has managed to ensure that the average score of each movie in the trilogy has increased from installment to installment, with it being up from both Rise‘s 81% and Dawn‘s 90%. While War for the Planet of the Apes will have to contend with the similarly-well-reviewed Spider-Man: Homecoming and the highly-anticipated Dunkirk, it’s likely that it will be able to stand tall among its competition and help with a Summer box office that’s lagged a bit behind 2016 thus far.
War for the Planet of the Apes breaks out on July 14, 2017. The film’s cast includes Andy Serkis as Caesar, Woody Harrelson as Colonel McCullough, Amiah Miller as Nova, Gabriel Chavarria as Preacher, Chad Rook as Boyle, Steve Zahn as “Bad Ape”, Karin Konoval as Maurice, Terry Notary as Rocket, Judy Greer as Cornelia, Max Lloyd-Jones as Blue Eyes, Ty Olsson as Rex, Michael Adamthwaite as Luca, Aleks Paunovic as Winter, Alessandro Juliani as Spear, and Sara Canning in an unspecified role.
8 Reasons Matt Reeves Is The Perfect Director For ‘The Batman’
Batman is a special character and he deserves a special director. He’s had a few through his cinematic lifetime but the most recent addition to the pantheon of Batman directors is one that should excite any fan. Matt Reeves will take the helm of the Ben Affleck-led solo Batman film, tentatively titled The Batman, after Affleck himself vacated the chair to focus on his role.
Reeves made his directorial debut in 2008 on the viral-marketed hit Cloverfield, produced by his childhood friend and frequent colleague J.J. Abrams (which has now spawned an anthology franchise) and made a career hopping from beloved property to beloved property. He remade the hit foreign film Let the Right One In as Let Me In in 2010 and was briefly attached to direct The Twilight Zone film before taking the reins of the rebooted Planet of the Apes series with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. He returned for the third film, War of the Planet of the Apes, which he is currently in post-production on for a July 14 release this summer.
Reeves is an established name, by dint of his relationships and resume, but he is nonetheless an inspired choice to shepherd one of pop culture’s most venerable characters. His movies are often very dramatic, even sensitive, in way that conveys emotional vulnerability, a powerful tool for maintaining audiences’ suspension of disbelief in the face of the fantastic or ridiculous. His habit of remaking or rebooting properties also makes him comfortable with how to balance the old with the new and, best of all, how to fuse both into something that is both highly personal and very accessible. For more reasons why Reeves is the perfect director for The Batman, click Next!