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Trilogy Prospects In Works For Planet Of The Apes

Film continues to go strong at box office heading into second weekend


With “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” expected to make up its budget in domestic box office receipts this weekend, the studio and the film’s producers are talking not just one sequel to the film, but two.

The nice part is that those who made the first film have always been ready for more.

“We’re definitely teed up,” producer Rick Jaffa told The Wrap. “We feel very confident that there will be one, but at this point, it’s still wait-and-see.”

Probably for not much longer. Through Aug. 10, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” has made $73 million at the domestic box office — not bad for a film made for less than $100 million — and has only been out for six days. It will not become a mega-blockbuster like “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” or “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon,” but it is certainly looking to be both a profitable and buzz-worthy film.

Jaffa and wife writing partner Amanda Silver say they’re superstitious about considering sequels too early, but the film is filled with open-ended storylines obviously meant to be resolved in future installments.

When work on that will begin depends on when Twentieth Century Fox orders the first sequel. And even then, Jaffa and Silver are working on some potential television projects as well as a time-travel movie idea.

“Planet of the Apes” has given Fox a decent boost at the box office, but it it’s still far behind the other major studios in terms of ticket sales this year. Fox has grossed $559.9 million so far this year, according to The Numbers, good for a No. 6 ranking, but well behind the $719.4 million picked up by Disney so far this year for No. 5.

Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. are battling for the top two spots. So far, Paramount has grossed $1.33 billion domestically with more than 21 percent market share compared to $1.17 billion, or just under 19 percent market share, from Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. got a bit of a boost this week when its “Deathly Hallows, Part 2” surpassed Paramount’s “Transformers” as the highest-grossing film of the year. Through Wednesday, Harry Potter has grossed $348.6 million while “Transformers” is nearing the end of its box office run with $345.5 million.

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