Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Box Office Weekend: Apes Best Wall Crawler to Take Box Office

Box Office Weekend: Apes Best Wall Crawler to Take Box Office

"War for the Planet of the Apes" took first place at this weekend's box office, pulling in an estimated $56.5 million. Internationally, War for the Planet of the Apes has earned $46 million, bringing the movie's current worldwide earnings to $102.5 million.

That number would put it on par with 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes'" $54.8 million debut, but noticeably behind 2014's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'" $72.6 million domestic launch. It's not, however, the one to achieve the highest-opening weekend, but the others can't say they beat Spider-Man!

War For The Planet of The Apes is the top new film at 2 with $102.5 million from 62 countries and a 55% 45% split from U.S. to rest of the world. Possibly a domestic weekend that hammers past year when the Ghostbusters reboot flopped, and one that sets a new tone for the last month and a half of summer earnings. The domestic total for Spider-Man: Homecoming will then stand at $208.3 million. So, not exactly a flop. Following its successful opening in limited release, and slowly building buzz, the movie's current domestic total sits just above $16 million.

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Taking third place and dropping a reasonable 44% was the toon threequel Despicable Me 3 with an estimated $18.9M.

Spider Man: Homecoming, meanwhile, is landing in second with about US$45.2 million.

The newest Planet of the Apes movie follows Caesar (played once again by Lord of the Rings' Andy Serkis) as he embarks on a quest to avenge his fellow apes after their forces are decimated in a deadly battle against an army of humans lead by Woody Harrelson's ruthless Colonel.

The action-hit "Baby Driver" grossed another $8.7M this weekend, raising the film's three-week total to just over $73M domestically. Even if Homecoming continues to be a fast burn, it should be able to provide the Spider-Man franchise with its first $300 million hit in a decade as well as the first $300 million hit for Sony in five years. The latest from Illumination raised its Stateside total to $187.9 million. It out-opened the original and managed to earn more both domestically ($208.5 million) and overseas ($502 million) to justify an increase in budget to $170 million - nearly twice what the original cost. The UK ($9.5 million), Russian Federation ($5.0 million), and Spain ($3.4 million) lead the charge, and the film has yet to open in eight of the top markets (China, South Korea, Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico). It stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher.

Wonder Woman continued to hang in strong, down just 30% to $6.9 million.

The horror film "Wish Upon", from Broad Green Pictures, was the weekend's only other new release. With that rating and a C CinemaScore, that's not likely.

The #8 film is Pixar's Cars 3, which brought in $3.1 million in its fifth weekend.

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