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The Winners & Losers Of Summer Movies 2014

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 27, 2014 3:22 PM
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The Winners & Losers Of The Summer Of 2014
With the Venice Film Festival kicking off today with the premiere of “Birdman," and this week’s releases being “The November Man” and “As Above, So Below,” it can only mean one thing: summer is over. Labor Day is almost upon us, days are getting shorter, and Oscar season is closing in, and as such, it seems like the perfect time to look back at the summer movie season.

Box-Office: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Beats Chest & Keeps The Alpha Position At #1

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 20, 2014 12:28 PM
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Dawn of the Planet Of the Apes
Well, it looks like we have our second repeat of the #1 position of this year. Before now, Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” was the only film of 2014 to stay at the #1 box office position for two weeks in a row. But now Matt Reeves’ “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” has achieved the same distinction. Falling only 50% (a great hold for a tentpole), the film was still able to gross $36 million in its second week of release to retain the box-office top spot. The movie is now at $138 million domestically, and reaching $200 million at home seems like a foregone conclusion. Pundits are already hypothesizing that the film will hit around over $600 million worldwide, which is a strong sign for the life of this franchise. But the box-office is still ailing domestically overall, down some 45% from 2013.

Matt Reeves Reveals Details Of Alternate Ending To 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Plus Narrates A Scene

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2014 11:45 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Sometimes America makes the right choice at the multiplex, and we're certainly not talking about the bonkers opening for "Transformers: Age Of Extinction." Instead, this past weekend moviegoers gave a vote of confidence to Matt Reeves' smart and accomplished "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," putting it in the pole position. That certainly means Fox will be ready to make a third entry in the series (indeed, they've already dated it for 2016) and 'Dawn' ends with Jason Clarke's Malcom warning Caesar that the military are on the way. In short, the apes battle for survival has only begun.

Interview: Director Matt Reeves Explores The "Anatomy Of Violence" In ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 14, 2014 1:03 PM
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Dawn of the Planet Of the Apes
Tribalism, the rise and fall of civilizations, broken brotherhoods and the tragic failure to coexist: these are not the familiar ingredients for a summer tentpole movie. And yet here they are in Matt Reeves’ well-considered, thoughtful and morally complex, “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” a summer blockbuster that considers a lot of ambitious ideas, successfully arranges them and yet never at the expense of scope, spectacle and drama. We could probably see hundreds of blockbusters like these and not get tired of them. They are every reason we go to the movies: for escapism, but also to have a piece of art reflect back a little piece of humanity back at us. And Reeves' movie does that in spades.

Box-Office: Audiences Go ‘Ape’ For ‘Dawn’; 'Transformers 4' Becomes Highest Grossing Film Of 2014

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 13, 2014 11:46 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Biting sharply into Michael Bay’s box-office hegemony, 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” took the #1 spot this weekend with an extremely healthy $73 million opening. That’s up around 33% from 2011’s “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,” a surprise hit that veered very close to $500 million worldwide. A lot of components factored into its success: extremely positive reviews, great word of mouth, little competition — and considering Matt Reeves’ sequel is darker, more adult, and nowhere near as “crowd-pleasing” as the average blockbuster (at least not in the traditional sense), this is a great sign for Fox and the lifespan of this franchise, especially when a A- Cinemascore means audiences were very satisfied. Couple that with weak box-office competitors next weekend (“Sex Tape,” “The Purge” sequel), its possible ‘Apes’ could remain at #1 next week and or at least continue to do considerable business for the next few weeks (its $73 million gross is higher than the 14 films combined in the box-office top 15 this week).

Watch: 'Apehood' Is The Must-See 'Boyhood' & 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Trailer Mashup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 5:06 PM
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Boyhood Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
This weekend, both Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" (review here) and Matt Reeves' "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" (review here) hit theatres, and we understand that you might not have time for both. Well, luckily video editing whiz Nelson Carvajal is going to save you some time.

Best To Worst: Ranking The 'Planet Of The Apes' Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 10, 2014 2:55 PM
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Ranked: Planet Of The Apes Movies
By now, unless you're totally deaf to advance buzz or have been living on a Luddite commune for the last few weeks, you’ll be aware that Friday’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” will open wide with a great groundswell of critical approval behind it (you can read our own extremely positive review here). Whether that will translate into box office is anyone’s guess, but the omens are in its favor: ‘Dawn’ seems destined to benefit from strong word of mouth, especially around Andy Serkis’ motion-capture performance, the trailers have been playing like gangbusters (even if their violence sparked complaints during the World Cup) and most importantly, it’s the sequel to the remarkably successful “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” which itself took nearly half a billion dollars worldwide.

Review: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke & Gary Oldman

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 9, 2014 10:25 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
In the new cynical, cash-grabbing sweepstakes to manufacture polished, all-appealing four quadrant blockbusters— specifically engineered to reap hundreds of millions of dollars, of course— 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” sequel is of a rare, rare breed. It’s the genuine article, an engrossing tentpole with serious themes, complex moral conflicts and emotional stakes, and one that doesn’t feel as if it was written by committee or structured around big and familiar action set pieces. And it’s one that executes on all its lofty ambitions from minute one with nary a false note. In truth, the deeply absorbing and thematically rich ‘Apes’ sequel is more akin to a drama than an action film, but it's one that still satisfies the desires and demands of big, blockbuster filmmaking.

Book Review: 'Firestorm' Bridges Gap Between Between 'Rise' & 'Dawn Of The Planet Of Apes' With Thrills & Dread

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2014 1:02 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Prequel Book Firestorm
In 2001, Fox first tried to reboot "Planet Of The Apes," but the Tim Burton-directed film was a misfire, for all the reasons outlined here. Over a decade later the studio tried again, this time on a much more modest scale. They handed the wheel to rising director Rupert Wyatt, the biggest name in the cast was James Franco, and as the title "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" suggested, the story would take its time developing real stakes, rich characters and actions that had real consequences. And not only did treating the material with care lead to a box office hit, 'Rise' was also more intelligent than it had any right to be.

10 Films To See In July

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 2, 2014 3:46 PM
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Films To See In July
So we've passed the midway mark of the year and we only have technically eight weeks left of summer with July 4th right around the corner. Depending on what kind of moviegoer you are, this is either a godsend, or a melancholy reminder that blockbuster season is almost over (and if it’s the former here’s our wishlist for the Fall Film Festival season).

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