"Planet Of The Apes" Conquers North American Box Office


Rise garnered $54 million in 2011 to start the franchise.

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

Spider-Man: Homecoming will slide down to second place in its second weekend at the box office.

The plus side for War is that unlike those films, this one is a critical darling. Along with returning writer Mark Bomback, Reeves spins a gripping, visually stunning and emotionally complex tale of otherness - one that examines, against its us-vs. -them subtext, not just what it means to be human, but also humane. War also had an A- CinemaScore that bolsters that likelihood.

Like its predecessors, War for the Planet of the Apes should prove to be a big hit overseas. Running on its fourth weekend, "The Big Sick" has earned $16 million worldwide.

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Sony's cume rose on the latest Spidey pic to $208.3M after ten full days which is already bigger than the $202.9M of the last film, 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Another sequel suffering the summer box office blahs is Universal's Despicable Me 3, which landed in third with an estimated $18.9 million from 4,155 theaters. That's about on par with Despicable Me 2's third weekend drop-off. It was estimated to have earned $7.6 million according to BoxOfficeMojo. Overseas markets collected an additional $72.3M this weekend boosting the global take to $261.1M and the worldwide tally to $469.4M. 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. It's an impressive performance for the film and will bring in a solid profit for Sony/Tristar. The DC Extended Universe entry has made $380.6 million so far Stateside, ranking as the third highest-grossing movie of the year so far. Apes did pretty well at the weekend box office, taking in about $57 million. The haul will include $5 million in Thursday-night previews. "Baby Driver" was directed by Edgar Wright, and the film stars Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, and Lily James. Horror is a remarkably critic-proof genre, but a high rating can save a horror film if it results in good legs. Wish Upon received a C CinemaScore. The Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) release is enjoying an unheard of hold, and is now assured of topping out at $395-M or more domestically, among the top showings of all time for the genre. That raises the domestic total to $140 million. Even with as $175 million budget, this will make a minor profit.

In ninth is Transformers: The Last Knight with $2.7 million.

Despite the lower-than-expected debut numbers, War should have the needed box office stamina to become a midsummer hit. Even with overseas flocking, the movie now sits at $517.3 million which is lowest of the main franchise easily.

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