Friday, June 21, 2024

Box Office: “Dawn of Planet of Apes” Scores $73Mil, But Box Office is Down 25%


“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” made $73 million this weekend. So you’d think the box office was booming But this past weekend was down 25% from last year at this time, and overall the box office is off 45% from last year. “Apes” was the last best hope to save the summer of 2014 as we head into specialty films like Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight.”

But my favorite news is that John Carney’s “Begin Again” is a box office winner. The charming music-oriented romantic comedy led the indie films this week with almost $3 million added to its box office. The total now is $5.3  million.

The Weinstein Company is now using Maroon 5’s “Maps” as the background music in the TV commercial. But the real Adam Levine hit of the summer is the song the Maroon 5 singer performs in “Begin Again” called “Lost Stars.” Call your local radio station and insist on them playing “Lost Stars” ASAP.

And “Boyhood” took in almost $400,000 at 5 locations. Have you seen it yet? As soon as the World Cup is over, get up and go!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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