'War for the Planet of the Apes' Wins Opening Weekend Box Office

'War for the Planet of the Apes' Wins Opening Weekend Box Office

'War for the Planet of the Apes' Wins Opening Weekend Box Office

War for the Planet of the Apes is opening a week after Sony's Spider Man: Homecoming stunned the business with a $117 million introduction, the third-greatest dispatch of 2017.

"Planet of the Apes" took in an estimated $56.5 million in US and Canadian theaters, researcher ComScore Inc. said in an email Sunday, while "Spider-Man" collected $45.2 million to place second in its second weekend. Even more surprising, though, is that its decline is on par with that of the Amazing Spider-Man films, which while not complete box office failures, never truly reached their full potential - or in The Amazing Spider-Man 2's case, ceased to be profitable for Sony.

Universal's family sequel "Despicable Me 3" pulled in $18.9 million in its third week, bringing its cumulative total to $188 million domestically.

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And Wonder Woman is on course to overtake Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the summer's highest grossing film at six. The Patty Jenkins-directed film also brought in another $3.3 million overseas this weekend for an global sum of $384.2 million.

20th Century Fox's rebooted "Apes" trilogy has a strong following and is one of the most successful film franchises in Hollywood, despite not receiving the widespread attention of fellow icons like "Star Wars" or Marvel. However, both films triumphed overseas with Rise earning $305 million, and Dawn bringing in an impressive $502 million. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man.

Also new this week is horror film Wish Upon which opens in 7th place with $5.5 million. Wish Upon received a C CinemaScore. A $15 million domestic gross is its ceiling. Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight fell 56% to an estimated $2.8M for $124.9M to date.

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For the fifth consecutive weekend, the box office was led by a tentpole that is film number three or beyond from a big-budget franchise. Even with overseas flocking, the movie now sits at $517.3 million which is lowest of the main franchise easily.

Capping off the top 10 is The House, which made $1.7 million in its third weekend. The Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler comedy is now at $23.1 million after three weeks and won't make it much higher than $30 million. The latest from Illumination raised its Stateside total to $187.9 million.

Next weekend sees the arrival of Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk, Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and the comedy Girls Trip.

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