'Planet Of The Apes' Wins Weekend Box-Office War With $56.5 Million

Carla Harmon
July 17, 2017

"War for the Planet of the Apes", the third movie in 20th Century Fox's reboot of "Planet of the Apes", won the weekend with an estimated $US56 million, according to Exhibitor Relations.

"War for the Planet of the Apes" has a 94% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Spider-Man: Homecoming fell more than the Summer's 2 other superhero pics, Wonder Woman (43%), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (56%).

War for the Planet of the Apes will have stiffer competition next weekend as two auteurs prepare to battle at the box office when Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens alongside Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk. After only ten days, Homecoming has already made more than the entire domestic run of 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So, not exactly a flop.

"Despicable Me 3" managed to maintain a spot in the top 3 this week thanks to a $6 million heist from 4,155 marks on Friday. Gru's third film is in its third week, and has grossed a total of $187 million in just under a month.

In third place was "Despicable Me 3", far behind at $18.9 million.

In theaters now, director Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Michael Keaton as Vulture, in addition to Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. Edgar Wright's Baby Driver drove its way to fourth place with $8.8 million, bringing its domestic numbers up to $73 million, making Sony a profit since the film only cost $35 million or so to make.

War for the Planet of the Apes is written and directed by Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary. Forecasts for domestic weekend sales ranged from $54 million at BoxOfficePro.com to $70 million at Box Office Mojo.

That was enough to beat the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The comedy added $71 million to its foreign coffers to bring its total up to $431 million, of which China has contributed $113 million. It stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher. Even with as $175 million budget, this will make a minor profit.

"Wish Upon", starring Joey King and Ryan Phillippe, follows a teenage girl who discovers a box with magical powers. Those who did venture out gave the film a dismal "C" rating on CinemaScore.

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