Recently, the trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes was revealed. Why do the Apes movies continue? The last movie, which was released in 2017, ended at the perfect spot. The Apes movie franchise is one of the most successful and longest-running franchises in history.
How much money have these films made so far? Well, the Planet of the Apes film has made over $2 Billion This may surprise those who don’t know the history of cinema. It all began in 1968 with Franklin J. Schaffner’s Planet of the Apes based on the Pierre Boulle’s novel, and starring Charlton Heston. The film revolved around a group of astronauts landing on an alien planet ruled by highly-intelligent intelligent apes in the distant past.
The budget was $5.8 MillionThe film’s relatively low cost turned a handsome profit of $1.5 million. The film’s relatively low costs turned a handsome profit. $33 Million The movie was a hit at the box-office. It’s even better that this weird film about apes was nominated for awards. This was not the end of this saga. There were sequels.
The 70s saw a surge of Apes films in the cinemas. The direct sequel “Beneath the Planet of the Apes”, which continued the strange adventures with Heston, was released. The origins of the ape revolt were explored in the less expensive but still compelling film “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.” As the sequels continued to be made, the budgets became smaller and the costumes even more cheap. The good news is that the sequels have still managed to make a profit, which is strange because you would expect the opposite for a franchise that has been going on so long. Even the cheapest movie “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” still made $8.8 million The meager budget is enough to cover the entire world. $1 Million.
Tim Burton, a director who has a history of strange films, decided to reboot “Planet of the Apes”. The film featured Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter. Some of them were buried under more articulate ape make-up. While the blockbuster film was critically panned for offering little change from the original story and featuring ho-hum special effects of the era, the expensive film – which cost $100 Million The total revenue was well over $300 Million worldwide. This proved a “Planet of the Apes’ blockbuster could turn a profit even in the 21st-century. The movies started to really get good at this point.
The films “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,”and “War for the Planet of the Apes” all continued the story of humanity’s fall to the apes. Andy Serkis’ motion-captured acting and lifelike computer graphics made the apes more frightening.
Rise would make as much money as all of these films. $481 Million On a budget of $93 MillionDawn would make $710 Million On a budget of $170 MillionWar would make a difference. $490 million On a budget of $150 Million. The budget and critical acclaim of this trilogy increased with each installment, meaning that audiences would praise a high quality “Planet of the Apes”, even though the original film was often ridiculed because it looked so surreal.
Will Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes follow the trend of the highly successful franchise? We’ll need to wait and watch until May 24, 2024, when the film debuts.
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