Apes flicks Spider-Man side to win box-office war

Andy Serkis

It's this commitment to playing the whole thing seriously that gives War for the Planet of the Apes such a unique feel, and while it may be a little much at times, its worth it for the emotional payoffs.

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson).

Weekend box office numbers are in, and War for the Planet of the Apes has crushed Spider-Man: Homecoming by $11 million.

The Fox/Chemin Entertainment production managed to outdraw Spider-Man: Homecoming, which fell by more than half from its opening three-day weekend to pull in $45.2 million, Web site Exhibitor Relations reported. War racked up a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 83/100 from Metacritic. Its total, which puts it in the same boat as Rise of the Planet of the Apes' $54.8 million, is also slightly below $60 million initial expectations.

"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. However, both films triumphed overseas with Rise earning $305 million, and Dawn bringing in an impressive $502 million. Maybe Apes took a bigger chunk of the pie than anyone expected this weekend, but Homecoming's gonna be fine.

As for Tom Holland's Spider-Man: Homecoming, don't feel too bad for it.


These Planet of the Apes films started with a fairly light tone in the James Franco original, and even had some fun in the first half of the film.

The offbeat heist thriller, Baby Driver, placed #4 with $8.8-M from 3,043 theaters for a domestic total of $73.1-M.

Rounding out the top five is the indie darling The Big Sick from comedian Kumail Nanjiani.

You can view this weekend's full box office results below.

Wonder Woman has already blown past the domestic totals of fellow DC Comics movies Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. It out-opened the original and managed to earn more both domestically ($208.5 million) and overseas ($502 million) to justify an increase in budget to $170 million - nearly twice what the original cost.

It's also only a few million shy of passing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which with US$386.2 million is now the highest grossing movie of the summer so far.

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