Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

"Apes" overthrowing "Spider-Man" at Box Office

Transformers: The Last Knight is nearly out of the top ten in its fourth week, which is insane. The box office number is 22% more than Day break of the Planet of Apes $4.1 million three years prior.War for the Planet of the Apes is developing Friday to 4,022 sites, with following in the $60 million to $65 million territory for its opening casing.

"War for the Planet of the Apes" took first place at this weekend's box office, pulling in an estimated $56.5 million. Factoring in inflation and War would have the lowest opening of the new trilogy. Monday, it will pass up the final Harry Potter film ($381-M) to become the #3 Warner's release of all time behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, not accounting for inflation. Reviews for the Matt Reeves sci-fi drama were the best of the new trilogy.

"War for the Planet of the Apes" is the third installment in Fox's reboot of "Planet of the Apes". Lionsgate's "The Big Sick" finished fifth with an estimated 7.6 million USA dollars in its fourth weekend.

After scoring big last weekend, Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming cooled its heels by 61% in its second round on 4,348 screens. Finally, the Will Ferrell/Amy Poehler vehicle The House took in $1.8 million to bring its three-week total to $23.1 million as it prepares to take leave of the top ten next week. The Patty Jenkins-directed film also brought in another $3.3 million overseas this weekend for an global sum of $384.2 million. There aren't many high-profile offerings with substantial buzz on the horizon, so if Apes holds well and doesn't have a drastic drop-off in its second weekend, it'll be in good shape for its run. The arrival of War for the Planet of the Apes may have also been a contributing factor into the hefty decrease.

Its closest weekend competition, Sony's "Spider-Man", draws a similarly strong 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Off 43%, the cartoon has scored $188.1 million after three weeks and is on course to finishing around the $225 million mark. The comedy added $71 million to its foreign coffers to bring its total up to $431 million, of which China has contributed $113 million. 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.

Things did not go as well for this weekend's other new wide release, Wish Upon. It stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher.

The #8 film is Pixar's Cars 3, which brought in $3.1 million in its fifth weekend. The Broad Green-produced horror movie has not played well with critics or fans (a C on CinemaScore), despite starring Ryan Phillippe as Jonathan Shannon, a father who gifts his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) with a music box that (unbeknownst to him) will grant her seven wishes courtesy of its dark powers. It received an A- CinemaScore from audiences. 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. And we've hit another slow spot this weekend.

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