Weekend box office: War For The Planet of The Apes knocks off Spider-Man

The summer of franchises continues with the third film in the rebooted Apes series, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (click the link to read our review).  Apes did pretty well at the weekend box office, taking in about $57 million.  That puts it slightly ahead of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, but behind DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.  I think Fox should be happy bringing in $50+ million with each of their new Apes films.  there were no other big movies to compete with, although the small comedy THE BIG SICK got a wide release this weekend and managed to outperform expectations with enough to come in fifth place.

Next week should be a very interesting weekend.  First up is Christopher Nolan’s latest, DUNKIRK.  On one hand, it’s Christopher Nolan and he’s batting a 1,000 with great films, but on the other hand, it’s a WWII film released in the middle of the summer.  I think it will do very well, but I also think it’s going to lose some audience to the other new film of the weekend, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS.  I think Hollywood needs a movie like Valerian to do well  (original sci-fi fantasy), but I can’t help but think that this is really bad timing.  I think DUNKIRK will take the top spot, but I don’t think either film, along with WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES and SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING will do as well as they could have done without all being released so close together.  The other movie to keep an eye on next week is GIRLS TRIP.  Director Malcolm D. Lee found box office success with THE BEST MAN series and I could see him finding it with GIRLS TRIP as well.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. War For The Planet of The Apes $57.5m

2. Spider-Man: Homecoming $47.4m

3. Despicable Me 3 $19.1m

4. Baby Driver $8.5m

5. The Big Sick $7.4m

6. Wonder Woman $6.5m

7. Wish Upon $5.6m

8. Cars 3 $3.2m

9. Transformers: The Last Knight $3m

10. The House $1.8m

(Deadline)

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