'War for the Planet of the Apes' Opens to $56.5-M

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes hauled in $56.5 million (GBP43 million) over its opening weekend to debut at number one at the box office on Sunday (16Jul17). To compare, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened to $54.8 million and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gathered $72.6 million.

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. The movie is now set to walk away with a win over "Spiderman" this weekend to the tune of $57 million, according to the website Variety. This group includes, in addition the wonderfully wise elder Maurice the orangutan (Karin Konoval, a veteran of the previous two films), a mute little human girl who has been orphaned (Amiah Miller) and a talkative yet wryly doleful zoo-escapee chimp who introduces himself only as Bad Ape. A final domestic gross of $220 million is likely and it will be a hit on a $90 million budget. Much ado has been made about the film's use of updated technology that enlivens Andy Serkis' lead ape. With every weekend that has a monster hit like "Wonder Woman" or "Spider-Man: Homecoming", there's another one close behind it with so-so box office returns.

It's also only a few million shy of passing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which with US$386.2 million is now the highest grossing movie of the summer so far.

Sony's "Baby Driver", also in its third week, landed in fourth place with $8.6 million.

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Universal's Despicable Me 3 is showing in third place for the weekend, expecting to earn an additional $19 million from 4,155 locations. The third instalment in the Despicable Me franchise has earned $619 million worldwide. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan headline the acclaimed feature, which was written by Nanjiani and produced by Judd Apatow.

Superhero smash Wonder Woman comes in sixth with $6.8 million. Spidey and the Vulture duked it out to the tune of $45.2 million to bring its ten-day total up to $208.3 million. Wish Upon received a C CinemaScore. The comedy added $71 million to its foreign coffers to bring its total up to $431 million, of which China has contributed $113 million.

Next week will see Dunkirk likely claim the crown, as Christopher Nolan's World War II drama targets a $55 million-plus debut. With an estimated $56.5M, Matt Reeves' latest knocked Homecoming out of the top spot at the box office, a position it maintained for only one week.

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