War For The Planet of the Apes Dominates The Box Office

War For The Planet of the Apes Dominates The Box Office

War for the Planet of the Apes is the No. 1 movie in North America this weekend after earning $56.5 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday. The second film in the trilogy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is the series big victor for weekend opener with a staggering $72 million in 2014.

Both films have managed to score well with critics and audiences, but, clearly, there is an evident sequel fatigue.

The only other new film opening this weekend, the supernatural horror flick "Wish Upon", sputtered at the gate, taking in a mere $5.5 million to land in seventh place.

By Monday, it's expected to cross US$381 million domestically, which would put it past Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Part 2 to become the third highest Warner Bros. movie ever.

“Apes” overthrowing “Spider-Man” at Box Office

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. The second reboot of the Spider-Man film have brought in more 208.2 million US dollars after just 10 days in North America, according to studio figures collected by comScore. The film began its global rollout in less than one third of the marketplace Friday, earning an estimated $46 million overall. The domestic total for Spider-Man: Homecoming will then stand at $208.3 million. With next weekend bringing three new wide releases, including Christopher Nolan's latest, any movie will have a hard time holding over.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $157.2M which was up 4% from previous 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. Internationally, Spider-Man: Homecoming earned an impressive $72.3 million from 20,800 screens in 63 markets, for an overseas total of $261.1 million and worldwide sum of $469.4 million.

Despicable Me 3 took the third spot in its third weekend with $18.9 million, while Baby Driver took number four with $8.8 million. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan headline the acclaimed feature, which was written by Nanjiani and produced by Judd Apatow. The film was made for about $175 million.

2017 has been another odd year for returning franchises at the U.S. box office.




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