Summer 2024 begins to take shape as Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is set to open in theaters on Memorial Day weekend of that year.
20th Century Studios has set Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes for a summer 2024 release date. The Planet of the Apes series is one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time with the original 1968 film being a landmark film. The franchise saw a resurgence with the Caesar trilogy that included 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and concluded with 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes.
The new series was both a reliable box office performer but also a favorite among critics and audiences. In February 2020 it was announced that Wes Ball would direct a new Planet of the Apes movie set after the events of War for the Planet of the Apes, which was recently revealed to be titled Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. The movie has started to assemble an impressive cast that includes Owen Teague (It), Freya Allan (The Witcher), Eka Darville (Jessica Jones), and Peter Macon (The Orville) with filming recently beginning in Australia.
Disney, 20th Century Studios’ parent company, has set Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes for a Memorial Day weekend release. Disney and 20th Century Studios have slated Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes to open in theaters on May 24, 2024. This is in contrast to Disney’s handling of other 20th Century franchises like Predator, Home Alone, and Ice Age which had new entries sent to streaming. Currently, the only other movie slated for release on Memorial Day weekend is Sony’s Garfield film with Chris Pratt.
Summer 2024 Is Beginning To Take Shape
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes staking out the Memorial Day weekend helps solidify the slate of movies set for release in 2024. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will open three weeks after Marvel Studios’ Captain America: New World Order and a week after Warner Bros. Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa. Other major summer movies in 2024 include a new Karate Kid, Inside Out 2, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2, Despicable Me 3, Mufasa: The Lion King, and Thunderbolts. All of these release dates are subject to change, and as more films get added some might move into the holiday season or back into 2025.
Disney seems to have great confidence in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes to give it the coveted Memorial Day weekend release date. While Disney’s 2022 Memorial Day weekend release The Bob’s Burgers Movie did not light up the box office the studio is hoping to hit it big in 2023 with the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. By the time Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters it will have been seven years since the previous film, and Disney is hoping the franchise has not lost its box office momentum.