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

The Planet of the Apes Prequels May Not Be Over Yet By Germain Lussier on 11 Jul 2017 at 9:00PM “In our minds the story’s not over.”

"War For The Planet Of The Apes" topped the weekend box office sales.

War For The Planet of The Apes is the top new film at 2 with $102.5 million from 62 countries and a 55% 45% split from United States to rest of the world. However, it is still a disappointment when compared to the rest of the franchise thus far, falling 22 percent from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' $72.6 million despite holding positive reviews.

After the very recent high adventure of Michael Giacchino's score for Spider-Man: Homecoming [read our review here], which saw him deliver a blast of thematic joy to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Giacchino switches gears and comes a little back down to earth for his score to War For the Planet of the Apes.

War for the Planet of the Apes scored an estimated $56.5 million from its debut on 4,022 screens. It was the opening weekend for Planet of the Apes, and the second for Homecoming. After only ten days, Homecoming has already made more than the entire domestic run of 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So, not exactly a flop. The Patty Jenkins-directed film also brought in another $3.3 million overseas this weekend for an global sum of $384.2 million. The movie has now earned over $US200 million total domestically.

Coming up next week: Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith take a girls trip.

"Despicable Me 3" was on track to add $18.9 million to its total this weekend, and will have a three-week running total of $188 million by Sunday evening. Do not weep for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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

Sony's "Baby Driver" landed in the fourth place with an estimated 8.75 million US dollars in its third weekend in North America. While it's bow this weekend was less than the second film it still grossed an impressive amount for a summer that hasn't been too kind to sequels and reboots.

Can War surpass its predecessor in lifetime domestic gross? Baby Driver fell from third to fourth place, earning $8.8 million (a bit less than the $20+ million it brought in last weekend).

Wonder Woman continued to hang in strong, down just 30% to $6.9 million. It's up to $28.5 million total worldwide.

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