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Summer box-office analysis: Hollywood is losing America, taking over the world

For this summer’s box office, the hits keep on coming—and not the good kind, the ones with $100 million opening weekends. No, the summer of 2014 has been one body-blow after another at the U.S. box office, as the collective slate of big Hollywood films has failed to keep up with last summer’s record pace. The most recent weekend, which witnessed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes repeat as the top movie, was trailing the same weekend last year by almost 25 percent. July is down more than 30 percent year-to-year, and the summer as a whole is down almost 19 percent from last year.

To be fair, the summer of 2013 was monstrous, with Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2 leading a parade of blockbusters that included 19 films that topped $100 million. This year, there have been only 10 films to hit that mark, though the season isn’t over yet, obviously. But as previously detailed, this summer might yield the worst box office in decades, with ticket sales down to disturbing levels. But why?

A simple and frequently cited explanation is that the current crop of movies stink. Give theatergoers something great, the conventional wisdom goes, and they’ll show up again and again. But what if the movies don’t stink? Or, more precisely, what if they stink the same amount as last year’s films? Then what? READ FULL STORY

Box-office report: 'Apes' counterattacks, 'Purge' taken down a peg

Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s… After a Friday night showdown that heavily tipped the scales in favor of the survival-horror thriller The Purge: Anarchy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came back strong this weekend to take the No. 1 spot at the box office.

The Apes sequel, starring motion-capture master Andy Serkis as the hyper-evolved higher primate named Caesar, collected $36 million for the weekend, according to Sunday estimates. Meanwhile, The Purge: Anarchy, a follow-up to last year’s nightmare-inducer about a 12-hour period when no crime is illegal, garnered only $28.3 million.

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Box-office update: 'Purge' beats 'Apes' with a $13 million Friday

The Apes don’t have chest-beating rights in the Friday box office, having surrendered their Darwinistic dominance to the apex predators of The Purge: Anarchy after only one week at the top.

The acclaimed sequel (of a reboot to a remake) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes collected $10.4 million last night in a rather precipitous 62 percent plunge from its $27.6 million debut last Friday, ceding the No. 1 slot to the survival-horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy, which transformed mayhem and savagery in the streets into a $13 million debut.

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Box office preview: 'Sex Tape' and 'The Purge,' 'Planes' sequels to threaten 'Apes'

Last weekend may have signaled a new Dawn for the Planet of the Apes franchise, as its latest film exceeded studio and analyst expectations with a $72.6 million debut. But Caesar and the gang face some formidable cross-genre competition this weekend, when Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy, and Planes: Fire & Rescue all hit theaters in wide release. With a steep drop-off expected for Apes and a lack of decent horror, family, and raunchy comedy fare on the market, all are tracking pretty similarly, making this summer weekend a rare box office wild card.

Here’s how things might play out:

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Andy Serkis is 'precious' to Hollywood's biggest blockbusters

Andy Serkis is the star of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the weekend’s top film, and his performance as the first great ape is drawing attention—again—for his unique brand of artistic expression that fuses drama with digital effects. Some even think it deserves to be considered for an Academy Award. Yet in most serious cinematic discussion, his genius is frequently discounted: Yes, he’s amazing as Gollum and Kong and Caesar, but if only he could nab a real-person role that unleashed his gift and let us see the real him.

Folks, Serkis isn’t stuck in some motion-capture ghetto; he’s constructing an empire. Three years ago, he founded Imaginarium Studios, which has become the go-to outfit for mo-cap production and expertise. Not only has the special-effects company attracted attention to Serkis’ plans for Animal Farm and Jungle Book film projects, but Serkis has been recruited for the upcoming Star Wars and The Avengers sequels. READ FULL STORY

Critical Mass: Hail, Caesar and 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

There’s a lot at stake with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: human supremacy on a post-apocalyptic Earth, the well-being of a 45-year-old franchise property… the summer box office.

With ticket sales down across the board, Dawn finds itself in the once unlikely position of summer savior. The 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which starred James Franco and Andy Serkis as the motion-capture Prometheus ape, Caesar, was a solid critical and popular hit, grossing $176.7 million.

Expectation are much higher for Dawn, which is set 10 years after the events of Rise. Humanity has been devastated by the simian flu, leaving Caesar and his tribe of apes to prosper in the woods outside San Francisco. In the decaying urban landscape, however, are a ragtag group of human survivors, led by Jason Clarke, who wants to live in peace with the intelligent apes, and Gary Oldman, who plays an ape-hating fascist who wants a war while man still has the advantage.

Serkis, once again, is the major star. Since playing Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings, he’s become the Olivier of motion-capture, breathing life into pseudo-CG-animated creations like King Kong. With the even more-advanced technology and his finely-tuned artistry, you can expect another flurry of essays urging the Academy to recognize excellence in this growing field. “Despite all the obscuring layers of digital trickery, the actor manages to convey an impressive physicality and array of emotions, from hope to grief to rage,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty, in his review. “I won’t spoil which side wins the interspecies showdown, but when it comes to who does the better acting, the apes carry the day, (hairy) hands down.”

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Box office preview: Can 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' save the summer?

Poor Caesar already has a lot on his plate between defending his family and community and helping the humans restore power in San Francisco. Now, he has to step up, squash the Transformers, and save the summer box office as well, which is down nearly 20 percent from last year’s record-smashing season.

It’s a good thing everyone so far seems to really like Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes—the second installment in their rebooted franchise, which picks up in the world of 2011’s Rise 10 years later. As of Thursday afternoon, it had the distinction of being one of the best-reviewed blockbusters of the year with a phenomenal 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But, while Dawn should do better than the first film, saving the season might be a bit too much to ask of the Apes.

Rentrak’s senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian put things into perspective a bit, too. “This is a more normal summer. If we weren’t comparing to the record-breaking summer of last year, it would seem like a normal type of summer with some hits and some misses,” he told EW. “But when week after week, we’re compared to the massive results from a year ago that propelled a record summer, then no question we’re going to be lagging behind.” He added: “Fast forward to next year, and this will all be a thing of the past. It’s cyclical.”

As for this weekend, here’s how things might play out:

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Video: 'Before the Dawn' short films fill in 'Planet of the Apes' timeline gap

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In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 10 years have passed since the events of the 2011 film, which ends with Caesar leading a band of genetically enhanced apes into the redwood forests near San Francisco while an infected airline pilot sets off for Paris, accelerating the simian flu plague that will ultimately threaten the human race.

In the new film, which opens July 11, Caesar’s growing tribe is forced to confront a desperate band of human survivors after a decade of pestilence, disorder, and civil war. But how exactly did that breakdown occur, leaving mankind on the precipice of extinction and vulnerable to ape supremacy?

20th Century Fox partnered with Vice Media’s Motherboard to create three “Before the Dawn” short films capturing mankind’s descent into chaos: Quarantine, All Fall Down, and The Gun, which tell a story one, five, and 10 years after the plague’s outbreak, respectively. READ FULL STORY

Video: Blessed are the peacemakers in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' trailer

Whether it’s the modern Middle East or post-apocalyptic ape-vs.-human civil war, what typically derails meaningful peace talks isn’t the opposition but the extreme factions of your own party. In the final trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, there are two moderate leaders willing to negotiate with each other: Caesar (an ape) and Jason Clarke’s “good man,” characters who want to protect their families from an ugly war. But on their extreme flanks are Koba, the militant scar-faced ape who hunts bears and accuses Caesar of loving humans more than his own kind, and Gary Oldman’s ape-hating fear-monger, who wants to call in the big guns and annihilate Caesar’s kind once and for all.

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': Gary Oldman feels like Custer -- VIDEO

In the latest TV spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, audiences get a glimpse of mankind’s vulnerability when ape confronts human for post-apocalyptic survival. Apes don’t rely on cushy comforts of what was our modern age — heat, electricity, etc. “That’s their advantage,” says the narrator. “That’s what makes them stronger.”

The clip doesn’t give any spoilers away, but Las Vegas odds are now 1/12 that Gary Oldman’s “bad” human dies a gruesome death. Watch the video below. READ FULL STORY

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