20th Century Fox's War for the Planet of the Apes topped the domestic box office this weekend, earning an estimated $56.5 million from 4,022 theaters, an average of $14,048 per location. The third film falls a bit shy of its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which grossed an estimated $72.6 million in its opening weekend back in 2014, but still not too shabby in a summer full of pretty big blockbusters.
Keep reading to see how the top films stack up at the box office this week. The newest Spidey flick earned over $117 million in its first weekend, but dropped dramatically for week two as War took the reins.
Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). Dawn earned over $208 million domestically during its duration in theaters, and Rise only earned $176 million in its lifetime.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May.
It's also only a few million shy of passing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which with $386.2 million is now the highest grossing movie of the summer so far. Even with overseas flocking, the movie now sits at $517.3 million which is lowest of the main franchise easily. It's starting at a basic objective of the mid year season, which has seen a larger number of misses than hits so far with flops pulling the late spring film industry down 7.8% starting at July 12 to $2.37 billion.
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Universal's Despicable Me 3 is showing in third place for the weekend, expecting to earn an additional $19 million from 4,155 locations.
Baby Driver continues to hold on well, down 33% to $8.8 million in its third weekend. The latest from Illumination raised its Stateside total to $187.9 million. It stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher.
The film cost about $12 million to make, according to Box Office Mojo, which was forecasting weekend sales of $7 million.
The new PG-13 horror film from Broad Green Pictures starring Joey King and Ryan Phillippe was slammed by critics and ignored by pretty much everyone else. It received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.
Next week will see Dunkirk likely claim the crown, as Christopher Nolan's World War II drama targets a $55 million-plus debut. Sure it was kicked off the top spot after only one week, but it settled for second place with a sweet $45.2 million.