'Planet of the Apes' tops 'Spider-Man' with US$56.5m

Nick Sanchez
July 18, 2017

2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes appeared with $54.8 million, while 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening day collection was $72.6 million at United States box office. 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 new PG-13 horror film from Broad Green Pictures starring Joey King and Ryan Phillippe was slammed by critics and ignored by pretty much everyone else. Gru's third film is in its third week, and has grossed a total of $187 million in just under a month.

The film, which depicts the titular war between apes and humans, is directed by Matt Reeves, who joined the franchise when he stepped in on Dawn. It earned a 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will slide down to second place in its second weekend at the box office. 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. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" has now grossed over $208M since it debuted two-weeks ago.

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. Amazon and Lionsgate went nationwide with the Sundance hit The Big Sick which jumped into the top five with an estimated $7.6M lifting the total to $16M. The film began its worldwide rollout in less than one third of the marketplace Friday, earning an estimated $46 million overall. The Homecoming fall was also in line with the 60% of last year's Captain America: Civil War which introduced Tom Holland as the new Peter Parker and did not face any major competition from new releases. The movie stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. To date, it has only made $187.9 million. It received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.

If this doesn't end up in my top three scores of 2017, a year which like the last one has already provided some superb pieces of orchestral film music, then we've got some phenomenal scores still to come.

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