'War for the Planet of the Apes' races past 'Spider-Man'

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

War for the Planet of the Apes will have stiffer competition next weekend as two auteurs prepare to battle at the box office when Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens alongside Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk. Factoring in inflation and War would have the lowest opening of the new trilogy. The film was critically praised and will be profitable, he said. We so often criticize sequels for being repetitive, but the early "Apes" films all stand out from each other, for better or worse - one is quite amusing, one is flat-out bonkers, and a couple are charmingly chintzy. War also had an A- CinemaScore that bolsters that likelihood. With a $150 million budget, it should end up being okay. Possibly a domestic weekend that hammers a year ago when the Ghostbusters reboot flopped, and one that sets a new tone for the last month and a half of summer earnings. In terms of actual earnings, the Tom Holland-led movie seems to be following the 2004's Spider-Man 2, which also earned $45.2 million in its second week out. Overseas figures are GROSS.

Despicable Me 3 placed #3 in its 3rd frame with $18.9-M from 4,155 theaters for a domestic take of $188-M. That's about on par with Despicable Me 2's third weekend drop-off. Worldwide, the animated flick tallies at $619.4 million. To date, Homecoming has made $208.2 million domestically. It's an impressive performance for the film and will bring in a solid profit for Sony/Tristar. All of a sudden, there was a 20% deficit for War compared to Rise, and the opening day for the third film was only $2.5 million bigger than the original. Overseas, the film continues to pick up the domestic slack.

Superhero smash Wonder Woman comes in sixth with $6.8 million. As it stands, Wonder Woman is now the highest grossing DCEU film in the US and the second biggest DCEU worldwide after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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In seventh place is newcomer Wish Upon with an estimated $5.6 million. Reviews for the Matt Reeves sci-fi drama were the best of the new trilogy. Horror is a remarkably critic-proof genre, but a high rating can save a horror film if it results in good legs. It opened with $5.5 million and a dismal C CinemaScore from audiences.

Can War surpass its predecessor in lifetime domestic gross?

More sequels followed with Cars 3 taking in an estimated $3.2M, off 41%, for a $140M sum for Disney. That raises the domestic total to $140 million. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final. The new Spidey franchise now sits with a grand total of $469.3 million. In 2014, ("Dawn of The Planet of the Apes") a risky flu makes apes more intelligent but kills off humans. The local total there has climbed to $42.2 million.

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