Saturday, May 18, 2024

New “Planet of the Apes” Doesn’t Monkey Around with $56.5 Mil Weekend


You want people to see movies with humans? Don’t be ridiculous. But apes and gorillas? Yes, indeed!

The number 1 movie of the weekend is “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.” Ridiculous, right? But $56.5 million later, who’s laughing? It’s got a big cast of non-names except for William H. Macy who — hopefully — is not wearing a costume.

Movie fans know what they want because the other big movie on the top 10 is still “Godzilla vs Kong 2” which is also basically about primates. (At least Kong is one. I don’t know how Godzilla identifies. Check the pronouns.) “G v K” is almost at two hundred million dollars! The stars are now talking about who goes into lead or supporting.

The people don’t want to see movies with people. Come on, don’t be ridiculous. “The Fall Guy” and “Challengers” are each struggling, despite star power, good marketing, decent reviews, and so on.

“The Fall Guy” has Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt acting with a lot of laughs and romance and explosions. For some reason, this is a turn off to the monkey crowd. And “Challengers” has Zendaya and two hot guys and lots of sex, and tennis! Again, apparently, chimps rule.

It’s going to be a long, hot summer!

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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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