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Planet of the Apes sequel swings in to rave reviews

Published on Jul 12, 2014 9:58 AM
Cinema still: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. -- PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes swings into the US box office this weekend accompanied by rave reviews for a film pitting humans against their Simian cousins again, in spectacular fashion.

Starring Gary Oldman, the sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes could also win big at the box office, in a summer relatively thin on blockbuster releases, experts say.

"Apes will certainly benefit from the weak slate over the next couple of weeks," Jeff Bock of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations told AFP ahead of the film's Friday release.

The movie starts off 10 years after the last one, with a monkey-borne virus having devastated the human population and crippled the Earth, embodied in an artfully ravaged San Francisco.

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