"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the 3D sequel to 2011's
The film's distributor
It will almost certainly end the reign of Paramount Pictures'
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes," starring
While the new "Planet of the Apes" should top the predecessor's opening, it also cost considerably more. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which didn't benefit from pricier 3D movie tickets, was budgeted at $93 million.
The sequel takes place a decade after a killer virus devastated the human race. Head simian Caesar's nation of apes is faced with a group of survivors, and the interaction between the species is not peaceful for long.
Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for the effects-heavy tent pole picture. The movie's Rotten Tomatoes "freshness" score stood at 95% as of Thursday, better than the 82% positive rating for "Rise."
That should help the new film provide a much-desired boost to the summer box-office season that has proven lackluster compared with last year.