'Apes' flicks 'Spider-Man' aside to win box office war

Posted July 18, 2017

Fox's War for the Planet of the Apes box office collection fought to $5 million at 3,251 North American areas on Thursday night. A final domestic gross of $220 million is likely and it will be a hit on a $90 million budget.

War for the Planet of the Apes took the No. 1 spot at this weekend's box office with a $56.5 million debut.

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. That's one of Marvel's biggest second-weekend drops ever.

Woody Harrelson, in human form, joins the franchise as the villain, while Steve Zahn, as a chimp, offers comic relief. Fox distribution president Chris Aronson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that the company is happy with the film's performance, adding, "This movie is going to play the rest of the summer and have a huge multiple".

Last week's champ, Spider-Man: Homecoming, fell to second in its second weekend, bringing in $45.2 million.

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Much to my surprise, the apes squashed a spider this weekend. It earned a 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. As we've seen many other acclaimed festival films do over the last few years, it had three exceptionally high weeks in limited release, only to expand wide and fizzle out.

Its primarily young cast, led by Joey King, includes two Netflix alums in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ki Hong Lee (aka Dong), and Stranger Things beloved Barb, Shannon Purser. It received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.

Despicable Me 3 continued respectable business finishing in third place with $18.9 million (giving the film a three-week total of $188 million). Sony's Baby Driver eased only 33% in its third lap for an estimated $8.8M pushing the cume to $73.2M.

Sony's "Baby Driver" landed in the fourth place with an estimated 8.75 million US dollars in its third weekend in North America. The film was critically praised and will be profitable, he said.

Director/writer Matt Reeves and co-writer Mark Bomback return from the second entry, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (gotta love these titles), and bring with them a surprising level of gravity for a movie that involves so many apes shooting machine guns while riding on horseback.