'Planet of the Apes' topples 'Spider-Man' in weekend debut

Vincent Carr
July 17, 2017

The feel good story at the box office over the weekend is the performance by the Amazon Studios/Lionsgate release, "The Big Sick".

The Apes franchise has been a strong performer for Fox since the property was rebooted with Rise, standing as an argument in favor of what can happen when a franchise gets a well-received reboot. Though all three movies have been praised for its strong storytelling and incredible motion-capture technology. Worldwide, it brought in $102.5 million, meaning it's almost recouped its $150 million production budget.

Directed by Matt Reeves, the film opened to a decent start. The problem is, Apes was going to have an opening weekend more like the original and a budget more like the sequel. War For the Planet of the Apes grossed $56.5 million to claim the #1 spot this weekend. Not only did the hype die down a bit following the opening weekend rush, Apes' premiere stole some business as well.

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. Even though Peter Parker's time at the top of the charts was brief, it's hard to spill any tears for Marvel. Though the 61% week-to-week drop is surely deeper than the studio hoped, the $175-million film has already brought in $208.3 million domestically to date.

Elsewhere at the box office, Despicable Me 3 came in third place, earning another $18.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $188 million. It's up to $28.5 million total worldwide.

The #4 film is Baby Driver.

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In fourth place is Edgar Wright's critically acclaimed Baby Driver, earning an estimated $8.75 million.

Of course, none of this is to say that Homecoming's not a big hit (oh, it is) or that War Apes is the better film (apples and oranges). With it coming to additional theaters, interested moviegoers supported it, as it served as an appealing counter-programming option from the traditional blockbuster fare.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $157.2M which was up 4% from past year when The Secret Life of Pets stayed at number one with $50.8M; but down 12% from 2015 when Ant-Man debuted in the top spot with $57.2M.

Super hero sensation Wonder Woman posted its fifth straight weekend with a decline in the low 30-40% range by slipping only 30% to an estimated $6.9M in its seventh frame.

Internationally, Spider-Man took in another $72.3-M from 64 territories for a foreign take of $261.1-M and $469.4-M globally. The DC Extended Universe entry has made $380.6 million so far Stateside, ranking as the third highest-grossing movie of the year so far. Estimations for the new film were projected to be about $10 million higher than reported, but this weekend's earnings were more than respectable.

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