It was 50 years ago today that Planet of the Apes was unleashed upon the world.
The movie would go on to spawn four sequels, a live action television show, a cartoon, a remake and a reboot series of an additional three movies. Not to mention the comics, the novels,
the dolls… I mean Action Figures… video games and so much other merchandise…
Made on a budget of 5.8 Million Dollars, the original movie would end up with a box off total of 33.4 Million Domestic.
The Planet of the Apes was one of those defining movies for me. Those childhood movies that made me into the great big geeky freak that I am today. They are my comfort food so to speak… when I end up getting really sick and laid up for multiple days it is always the POTA series that comes out to keep me company on the couch as I curl up and whimper like a great big man child with the flu… Many a time have I sat and watched all of the movies while drinking tea and the TV show while strung out on Day-Quil…
I personally think it was the success of POTA that would open the door at 20th Century Fox to the idea of Star Wars… That would make them believe a sci-fi tale might be worth the gamble. I think it deserves far more credit for helping to open the doors and start us down the road to the world of popular geek culture that we live in today.
Happy Anniversary Planet of the Apes! Here is to another glorious decade for the franchise!
One of the greatest opening monologue in all of Hollywood History.