‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ opens to $129 million worldwide

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Disney and 20th Century’s “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” soared to $72.5 million at the international box office in its first weekend of release.

The latest film in the long-running ‘Apes’ series also hit No. 1 in North America with $56.5 million, bringing its initial global total to a promising $129 million. Like its predecessors, the $160 million budget “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is expected to make the majority of its revenue at the international box office.

Overseas, the film had the biggest starts in China with $11.4 million (a mediocre debut for the territory), France with $7.1 million, Mexico with $6.4 million and the United Kingdom with $4.8 million. Other top markets included Korea ($3.2 million), Australia ($2.7 million), Brazil ($2.6 million), Germany (2.2 million) and Spain ($2.2 million).

Audiences chose to watch the film in the best possible quality, as premium formats represented 41% of global box office revenue. In Imax alone, “Kingdom” earned $13.2 million worldwide, including $6.2 million from foreign territories.

This ‘Apes’ adventure should be well-positioned in its theatrical run, as long as the film can replicate the ticket sales of previous installments. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” generated $481 million and $490 million, respectively, while “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is the series’ top earner at $710 million worldwide. .

Wes Ball directed “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” the fourth installment in the revamped film and the tenth entry in the 56-year-old franchise. Critics and audiences have responded positively to the film, which is set long after the reign of Caesar (the revolutionary leader played by Andy Serkis). It follows a young ape named Noa (Owen Teague) as he embarks on a journey with a human named Mae (Freya Allan) to pave a path for the future of the two species.

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Fellow newcomer, Paramount’s kid-friendly fantasy adventure “IF,” collected $3.6 million in two overseas markets. It debuted in France with $3.3 million and Belgium with $300,000. “IF,” short for Imaginary Friends, lands next weekend in the United States and 56 other international markets, including Britain, Australia and Mexico. John Krasinski directed the film, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Cailey Fleming as neighbors with the ability to see other people’s imaginary friends.

Elsewhere, Universal’s “The Fall Guy” added $9.4 million internationally, bringing its overseas total to $54 million. To date, the action comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt has grossed $49.6 million domestically and $103 million worldwide. However, the film cost $140 million, so it will need long legs to make back its budget during its theatrical run.

Another holdover title, Sony’s animated “The Garfield Movie,” grossed $11.8 million from 22 markets and boosted its overseas total to $36 million. The animated adventure doesn’t start until Memorial Day weekend on May 24 in the US and Canada.

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