New Ape Movie Gets Big Money
This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Noa, played by Owen Teague, in a scene from "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes." (20th Century Studios via AP)

New Ape Movie Gets Big Money

May 12th, 2024

A new movie called "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" did very well. Lots of people went to see it in North America. They spent a lot of money on tickets. The money was over 56 million dollars! It was the third biggest money movie of the year. Only two other movies made more money on their first weekend. "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" is a story about smart apes. It made more money than the other top 10 movies together. Another movie, "The Fall Guy," was also popular but not as much as the ape movie. It was the second most popular this weekend. People also liked a movie called "Challengers." It came in third place. The ape movie is part of a long story about planet of the apes. It started with a movie in 1968. People like this story very much. "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" is the tenth movie in this story. People who watch movies for their job say the new ape movie is very good. It looks very real and exciting. Movies are important, and people are hoping to see more good movies soon. Some movies that might be very popular are "Despicable Me 4" and "Deadpool & Wolverine." Every weekend, people count how much money each movie makes. Here are the top ten movies this weekend: 1. "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" - lots of money. 2. "The Fall Guy" - much money. 3. "Challengers" - some money. 4. "Tarot" - a little money. 5. "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" - a little money. 6. "Unsung Hero" - a little money. 7. "Kung Fu Panda 4" - a little money. 8. "Civil War" - a little money. 9. "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace" - a little money. 10. "Abigail" - a little money.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. What is the name of the movie that did very well in North America?
. How much money did the movie make on its first weekend?
. Which place did the movie 'Challengers' come in?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

This article is about the success of a new movie in North America. In North America, movies are a popular form of entertainment and a big part of the culture. People often go to theaters to watch new movies and discuss them. Movies can earn a lot of money when many people buy tickets to see them.

🧠 Further reading

Box Office Mojo
Box Office Mojo is a place on the internet from America. It looks at how much money movies make. It started in 1998 by a man named Brandon Gray. A big company named Amazon owns it now. Brandon Gray made Box Office Mojo to guess which movies would make the most money. He would check if his guesses were right. He put numbers on the internet so people could see how movies did every weekend and every day. The website got bigger and had information about movies from a long time ago and movies from many countries. The website got more visitors and in 2002, Gray worked with another man named Sean Saulsbury to make it even bigger. They started to ask people to pay to see some things on the website. But in 2011, they stopped letting people talk to each other on their forums. A big company named Amazon bought Box Office Mojo in 2008. Amazon made the things people used to pay for free to everyone. One day in 2014, everyone trying to go to Box Office Mojo ended up at another website, but then it came back the next day.

Science fiction film
Movies with spaceships, robots, and time travel are called science fiction. They show things that are not real but are very fun to think about. These movies sometimes help us think about big questions like what it means to be human. A long time ago, movies did not have sounds, but they still had science fiction. One of the first movies like this was about going to the moon. Later, there was a very important movie called "Metropolis." After that, more movies were made. Some were not expensive to make. Then, a big movie called "2001: A Space Odyssey" came out and people started to take these movies more seriously. After a movie called "Star Wars," many people loved these movies with special effects. A person who writes stories for movies says that science fiction is one of eleven big types of movies. Other big types include action, love stories, and movies about cowboys. Science fiction movies can make us think about science, magic, and what we don't know. They mix real science ideas with fun stories.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
There is a fun movie called "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part." It is a movie with real people and cartoon parts. The movie was made by a group of movie makers. It is a story that comes after "The Lego Movie" from 2014. Many people who were in the first movie are talking for the characters again. Some new people are talking for new characters too. The story is about a man named Emmet and his friend Lucy. They go on an adventure with their friends. They go to a new place called the Systar System. They have to use their ideas to solve problems. Emmet has to save everyone from a big problem. People started making this movie after the first Lego Movie was very liked. They said they wanted to make a new one soon. Many people helped write and make the movie. The movie changed a little before it was done. They started making the movie with the voices in 2017. They worked hard to make the movie look very nice. This movie is for people who like stories about friends and adventures. It is also good for people who liked the first Lego Movie.