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Like Dawn, Apes Get The Grease Out - Week 11

Transformers: Age of Extinction
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
22 Jump Street
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Earth to Echo

With the term "super hero movie" ubiquitous for just movie these days and all the other special effects blockbusters that often just bluster, why does it take a film about talking simians for Hollywood to take things seriously? Maybe the more shocking question is who knew audiences would actually care about dramatic pauses coming from CGI creations. Unless the pause is, of course, just so Godzilla can catch his breath before blowing electric blue fire. Those pauses are always well received.

The sun rose on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to a $72.6 million debut, almost $20 million more than Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened with in 2011. That film was well received and went on to gross more than three times it's start with $176 million. Since films without James Franco are generally more well received than those that with him, there's no reason Dawn couldn't monkey that success which would push it into the $200 million club and definitely give it a chance to be in the Top Five finale.

Speaking of James Franco, and I really don't mind him, how are we supposed to process the fact that he and Anne Hathaway hosting the Academy Awards actually happened? Maybe there will be many more one-shot or other less noteworthy people to host in the coming years, yet the Academy's first stab at "let's try to be young and hip" came up with them. Did they audition together? Did they work on an act before going before the producers? Was it like X Factor where they both tried out and Simon Cowell decided they'd be better off as a duo instead of solo artists? How did they come up with these two as a pair?! Will it take as long as releasing the Nixon Tapes before the American Public gets the truth?

More importantly, don't share with your wife that Andy Serkis gets top billing in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or you may find yourself in a similar conversation. "Who's Andy Serkis?!" "He's the motion actor who did Gollum and King Kong. He's a big deal in the motion acting world." "Is he ugly? Is that why he doesn't show his face?" "I don't know. I hadn't thought about it." "So he just jumps around a green room and that's called acting?" "Uh, think of it more as performance art. It's a European thing." "Oh, sure, play the 'It's big in Europe' card. Is Marcel Marceau suddenly top billed over Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington?!" "I'm going to walk away from this conversation now with my hands up."

With nothing else even trying this weekend, it was a lot of same old, same old as previous films just kept slipping down that slippery slope toward On-Demand release. Transformers: Age of Extinction has proven the $300 million club is dead to them as it'll probably wind-up the lowest grossing Transformers movie ever in the mid-200s. Tammy and Earth to Echo had no second week revival and merely kept plugging along. The same could be said for 22 Jump Street and How To Train Your Dragon 2. DreamWorks Animation has now underperformed in four of their last five films. Like four out of five dentists recommending Dentine gum, that's not the kind of news Bazooka Joe wants to hear. Maybe if they'd made their comics funnier, this wouldn't be happening.

In the most exciting slow-speed chase since O.J., Maleficent really looks like it might catch the X-Men now. It's $7 million behind after a $4 million weekend and the last drop of its magic potion may do the trick. It may not mean too much with Transformers likely to pass them both, yet the smack will officially have been thrown down.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $229.2 million
#2. Maleficent - $222 million
#3. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $208.9 million
#4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $201.4 million
#5. Godzilla - $198.4 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 07/16/2014

Movies Mentioned in this Post: 22 Jump Street, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Earth to Echo, Godzilla, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Maleficent, Tammy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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