Watch Apehood: A Brilliant Mash Up Of Boyhood And Planet Of The Apes
Last weekend saw the release of two much-anticipated dramas about the difficulties of growing up, and the importance of the father-son bond. One was Richard Linklater's critically revered Boyhood, a 166-minute narrative shot over 12 years to capture what its like growing up in America now. The other is Matt Reeves's Dawn of the Planet of the apes, a 130-minute sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, continuing the saga of Caesar, who was raised by a kindly human family, only to be snatched away and forced to learn some hard life lessons without the help of his father figure. It was only natural Boyhood and Dawn of the Planet of the apes would get the mash-up treatment. And here we have it, thanks to Nelson Carvajal.
In case your unfamiliar with the trailers that serve as Apehood's inspiration, revisit them below. First up, the Boyhood trailer, which provided structure, soundtrack and critic pull quotes for the trailer up top:
And as Apehood pulls from both Dawn of the Planet of the apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, here are refreshers of their trailers. First up, Rise…
Now it'll be interesting to see if someone can do the reverse, taking the audio from one of these Apes trailers and pasting Boyhood's imagery on it.
Though Boyhood and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are competing at very different levels at the box office, both have reasons to brag after their opening weekends.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes conquered all competitors, coming in #1 at the box office with a whopping $73 million. Trailing way behind at #2 was Transformers: Age of Extinction, which made just $16.5 mil to earn that honor. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes not only slayed its competition, it showed up its predecessor. Rise of the Planet of the Apes made just $54 million its opening weekend. So Fox, the film's distributor, has plenty of reason to smile.
As for Boyhood, it couldn't compete with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opened in 3,967 theaters. Boyhood opened in just five. However, in those five it racked up $359,000, meaning per-screen averages of $71,800, suggesting sold out screenings in both New York and Los Angeles. This puts it right behind The Grand Budapest Hotel for highest per-screen average of the year, and could urge more theaters to take on the lengthy indie drama in expansion. 10 more markets are expected to exhibit Boyhood this coming week.
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