'Planet of the Apes' topples 'Spider-Man' in weekend debut

The Planet of the Apes Prequels May Not Be Over Yet By Germain Lussier on 11 Jul 2017 at 9:00PM “In our minds the story’s not over.”

The Planet of the Apes Prequels May Not Be Over Yet By Germain Lussier on 11 Jul 2017 at 9:00PM “In our minds the story’s not over.”

After the very recent high adventure of Michael Giacchino's score for Spider-Man: Homecoming [read our review here], which saw him deliver a blast of thematic joy to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Giacchino switches gears and comes a little back down to earth for his score to War For the Planet of the Apes.

Still, War's performance is impressive, especially in a summer where the domestic box office has been largely unkind to sequels and reboots, of which War is both. This weekend's top ten was down 21% from last week and was practically dead even with the top ten from one year ago. War for the Planet of the Apes cost $150 million to make and used motion capture (Andy Serkis plays Caesar) and CGI to bring the apes to life.

20th Century Fox's War for the Planet of the Apes topped the domestic box office this weekend, earning an estimated $56.5 million from 4,022 theaters, an average of $14,048 per location.

There could be some franchise fatigue to blame for the opening "War" had.

Directed by Matt Reeves, the film opened to a decent start.

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Homecoming is a hit with critics and audiences (93 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes; A CinemaScore), and dominated social media chatter for weeks leading up to its release. Gru's third film is in its third week, and has grossed a total of $187 million in just under a month. Overseas, Homecoming has brought in $261 million. Spidey continued to perform strong in South Korea, as the film holds the #1 spot for the second consecutive weekend with $11.9 million from 1,500 screens. The arrival of War for the Planet of the Apes may have also been a contributing factor into the hefty decrease.

As for Tom Holland's Spider-Man: Homecoming, don't feel too bad for it.

Coming in at No. 3 was Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig's animated flick, Despicable Me 3, earning $18.9 million for a total of $188 million. The movie fell 61.4 percent to $45.2 million, bringing it to a domestic total of $208.3 million but representing a larger drop than similar recent films like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (56 percent) and Wonder Woman (43 percent). Off 33%, the Edgar Wright sleeper hit has scored a great $73 million so far as it heads to at least $100 million by the end of its run. Baby Driver is impressing overseas, earning $23.1-M to date from 19 markets for $96.2-M globally. The movie stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Given the film's continued durability, it should pass the $400 million mark by mid-August.

In seventh is the new horror film Wish Upon, which made $5.5 million in its first three days.

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