Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis has really pushed the boundaries when it comes to motion capture performances - his work really had led the way in this field in recent years.

He is back this week as he reprises the role of Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: which comes three years after the first film in 2011.

To celebrate Serkis' return to the big screen, we take a look at his box office success.

- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - $2.917 billion

Serkis really shot to fame at the beginning of the noughties when he brought the character of Gollum to life.

We saw very little of this character in The Fellowship of the Ring, but played a huge part in The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

The Lord of the Rings was regarded as a trilogy of books that could never be brought to the big screen - a theory that director Peter Jackson triumphantly proved wrong.

The motion capture saw Serkis perform all of the physical movements of the character, while Gollum was built using CGI and based on Serkis' facial features.

Gollum was one of the standout characters of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and remains Serkis' most famous character.

The trilogy was grossed nearly $3 billion at the global box office, as was critically lauded. The Return of the King went on to win eleven Oscars, including Best Picture.

- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $1.017 million

Serkis reprised the role of Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey back in 2012.

The movie saw us return to Middle Earth, while Peter Jackson was back in the director's chair.

An Unexpected Journey follows Bilbo Baggins as he sets out on an adventure with Gandalf and a group of dwarves.

In the Misty Mountains, Bilbo comes face to face with Gollum - the one and only sequence we see Gollum on in the film.

Teaming up with Martin Freeman, Serkis brought the iconic riddles scene to life - it really is one of the best moments in both the book and now the film.

This was a tricky role for Serkis, because he had to undo everything that we had seen of Gollum so far, as he had not become that character yet. It was a really great performance from the actor.

Despite no winning over all of the critics, An Unexpected Journey went on to break the billion-dollar barrier at the global box office.

- King Kong - $550.5 million

We have seen many versions of King Kong hit the big screen over the years, and in 2005, Peter Jackson returned to the director's chair.

The movie followed a director and his cast who travel to Skull Island to shoot a movie. Here they come face to face with legendary giant gorilla King Kong.

King Kong saw Jackson reunite with Serkis as the actor brought King Kong to life using motion capture.

However, we do see Serkis' film on screen in King Kong, as he also takes on the role of Lumpy, the ship's cook.

King Kong was released in December 2005 and went on to enjoy big box office success.

By the end of its theatrical run, the movie had grossed over $550 million at the global: it is one of the most successful films of all time for Universal Pictures.

- Rise of the Planet of the Apes - $481 million

Back in 2011, the Planet of the Apes series got a serious reboot from director Rupert Wyatt.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is more of an origins story than a remake, and followed a scientist as he battles to create a cure for Alzheimer's.

The substance that is developed results in chimps with super intelligence, leading to an ape uprising.

Serkis took on the central role of ape Caesar in the film, and resulted in a terrific motion capture performance from the actor.

Serkis' performance was really the highlight performance of the film: it really is motion capture at its very best.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a critical smash when it was released in the summer of 2011, and went on to gross in excess of $481 million worldwide.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set to hit the big screen this week and is the highly anticipated sequel to the first film. Serkis will return as Caesar.

- The Adventures of Tintin - $373 million

Tintin is one of the most iconic comic characters, and was brought to the big screen in 2011 by Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg was in the director's chair and teamed up with Peter Jackson, who was on producing duties.

The entire film was a motion capture animated project, and Serkis' experience in this field was called on once again.

Serkis took on the role of Captain Haddock, alongside Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg.

The movie grossed over $373 million at the box office, and went on to scoop the Best Animated Feature Golden Globe.

The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun is in the pipeline, and will see Spielberg and Jackson swap places.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is released 17th July.


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