Earning widespread acclaim from critics (including FilmEdge) and preview audiences, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is already the dominant species at box offices early this debut weekend, grabbing an estimated $19.75 million on Friday ticket sales. This figure is on top of the nearly $1.3 million earned in Thursday midnight openings at over 1,100 locations. According to analysis of these stats by Box Office Mojo, Fox’s revisionist reboot of a possibly new APES film franchise is on track to earn $52-57 million in its opening weekend alone.
That projection would have RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES easily outperforming high-profile summer releases like COWBOYS & ALIENS, THE SMURFS in its premiere weekend, and earning close on the heels of early summer hits like THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA which both scored in the $65 million range in their three-day debut totals.
No matter the final total, APES has clearly evolved beyond Fox’s and the industry’s box office expectations by packing audiences into theaters eager to witness Rupert Wyatt‘s clever, darkening thriller led by Andy Serkis‘ marvelous performance as the revolutionary ape Caesar.
If you haven’t seen RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES yet, check out FilmEdge’s complete coverage of the new hit film, including our high-resolution photo gallery and library of video trailers for preview looks. Then get your video peek behind the scenes to see the technical and performance magic which have brought Caesar and his fellow apes so realistically to the big screen.