Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is officially a pretty big hit for the boys and girls over at 20th Century Fox. Expect tons of sequels in the foreseeable future.
Director Matt Reeves assembled a surprisingly intelligent big-budget summer flick, something that doesn’t come rattling out of the Hollywood cinema machine on a regular basis. With admittedly empty-headed fare such as Lucy and Transformers: Age of Extinction destroying brain cells on the big screen, it’s nice to get something a bit more cerebral every now and again. Well played, Reeves. Give yourself a banana.
Not only did Dawn of the Planet of the Apes collect a tidy sum from North American moviegoers, the flick also seems to have struck a chord with film fanatics overseas. According to Variety, the latest installment of the long-running Apes franchise has effectively dethroned Transformers at the foreign box office.
“The spectacular results confirm that the movie business has become more and more international,” Paramount Pictures’ Rob Moore told the website regarding the power of the foreign marketplace. Edge of Tomorrow would definitely agree.
How much money has Dawn of the Planet of the Apes amassed, you ask? Box Office Mojo points out that Reeves’ acclaimed sequel has generated an extremely healthy $190 million from moviegoers overseas. When you drop the flick’s domestic total into that deep cinematic bucket, the number jumps to an incredible $364 million.
All of this success means that there’s another Planet of the Apes movie looming on the horizon. The Inquisitr previously reported that Matt Reeves has a few ideas in mind for the next installment, which should hit theaters in 2016.
The filmmaker told The Playlist:
“I see Caesar as a seminal figure in ape history and he’s a mythic character. He’s essentially like their Moses and I think Caesar having to grapple with what it means to engage in this conflict that he doesn’t really want to be a part of and how that cuts at his core is going to be one of the great challenges for the character. I also think it’s a generational story. He has children and I think it’s going to be… to me there are many chapters of this mythic ape journey towards the original ’68 movie.”
Although the latest Planet of the Apes movie is cleaning up at box offices around the world, it still doesn’t come close to matching the amount of currency collected by Michael Bay’s Age of Extinction. The much-maligned filmmaker’s latest foray into the world of giant robots is presently set to become the first motion picture to pass $1 billion in 2014.
Are you surprised that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is currently a popular choice with moviegoers overseas? Are you looking forward to the sequel?
[Image via 20th Century Fox]