'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Boyhood' Rip Through Theaters, Conquer Box Office

Still from 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'/ Image © Twentieth Century Fox Film

Editor's Note: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" pulls in tens of millions, and Boyhood hits top per-theater average -- and more in our Monday look at the goings-on of the entertainment world.

The Transformers were finally tossed back into the toybox this weekend as "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" swept in and snatched $73 million from moviegoers by offering something a bit more mature (and quite a bit shorter, even with a 130-minute running time). The conquest began as early as Thursday night, where it dominated upon opening despite the limited number of showtimes. Despite the profanity-laden tirade of The Onion's film critic, this is one sequel/prequel/reboot that's proven worthy of its rich cinematic legacy.

The Richard Linklater indie film "Boyhood" might be playing in a different league, but it hit a home run with audiences this weekend nevertheless. The film pulled in $350,000 despite playing in only five theaters, earning the second highest per-theater average of 2014 so far, behind the record-setting "The Grand Budapest Hotel." A hit with critics, Linklater's project was filmed over the course of twelve years, and as The Guardian pointed out, it "shares a running time - and nothing else - with the stagnant 'Transformers: Age of Extinction.'"

Alejandro González Iñárritu's adaptation of Michael Punke's The Revenant is on thin ice, having recently lost its financial backer. However, it looks as if Megan Ellison's company Annapurna Pictures may come to the rescue, giving the filmmaker a chance to realize his vision (Iñárritu is determined to shoot the scenes sequentially) and hopefully guaranteeing both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy a chance to to play gritty nineteenth-century tough guys, which is pretty much a win for everybody.

We've posted before about the strange proliferation of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf on e-readers, despite being kept mostly out of actual print. In 2015, the state of Bavaria will finally lose its copyright, and the rights to print will become free to publishers everywhere. The New York Times ponders at length: Should Germans read the book? And which version? A historical institute is hoping to create an authoritative annotated text that puts all of the Führer's statements in the proper context. Naturally none of this comes without controversy, as both German and Jewish people across several generations struggle to achieve a consensus before the floodgates open. It seems to be The Book That Would Not Die - but given our risk of repeating history, should it ever be allowed to?

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