War For The Planet of the Apes Dominates The Box Office

Emilio Banks
July 18, 2017

"War for the Planet of the Apes" took first place at this weekend's box office, pulling in an estimated $56.5 million. The third film falls a bit shy of its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which grossed an estimated $72.6 million in its opening weekend back in 2014, but still not too shabby in a summer full of pretty big blockbusters.

The strong acclaim for both "War" and "Homecoming" should help the films keep a steady audience at the box office as the summer movie season winds down in the coming weeks.

"Wish Upon", starring Joey King and Ryan Phillippe, follows a teenage girl who discovers a box with magical powers.

Just when we thought man and ape were going to throw down once and for all, Matt Reeves delivers the unexpected in his exciting franchise conclusion. Critics were equally as generous, with the third Apes movie now sitting at 95% fresh (189 fresh, 11 rotten) on Rotten Tomatoes. From an underrated, strong score for the previous film, his composition for War is a step up in every way and, without wanting to sound hyperbolic, establishes itself quickly as one of his greatest pieces of work to date. The film stars Tom Holland as a young Peter Parker, ably mentored by Robert Downey Jr.as Iron Man as he takes on bad guy Vulture (Michael Keaton).

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Meanwhile, the Spider-Man reboot finished in second place, dropping more than 60% to earn $45.2 million. The domestic total for Spider-Man: Homecoming will then stand at $208.3 million.

Despicable Me 3 comes in third with a $19.2 million (GBP14.7 million) weekend, while director Edgar Wright's stylish Baby Driver and the acclaimed The Big Sick round out the top five. Edgar Wright's super cool crime caper Baby Driver has now racked up more than $73 million in the USA and is on the verge of a global total of $100 million.

This brings the films total global gross to $469 million and the film is set to go over half a billion this week, a billion could be a stretch though. The Big Sick improved on its third-week total of $5.2 million by bringing in $7.6 million this weekend and climbing all the way to the fifth spot in this week's top ten. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan headline the acclaimed feature, which was written by Nanjiani and produced by Judd Apatow. With that rating and a C CinemaScore, that's not likely. The film, made for $150 million, scored a glowing 94 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes site.

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