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18 July 2017, 12:38 | Jermaine Blake

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

That debut is more in line with 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($54.8 million) than direct predecessor Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($72.6 million).

Still, War's performance is impressive, especially in a summer where the domestic box office has been largely unkind to sequels and reboots, of which War is both.

The weekend's other new new offering: Wish Upon, DOA with an estimated $5.5-M from 2,250 theaters to place #7. Thankfully, the worldwide box office paints a different picture with more than $46 million taken, and it's only open in a third of the planned territories so far.

War for the Planet of the Apes is written and directed by Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary. From an underrated, strong score for the previous film, his composition for War is a step up in every way and, without wanting to sound hyperbolic, establishes itself quickly as one of his greatest pieces of work to date.

Despite largely positive reviews, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" suffered a far bigger decline in week two than was anticipated, dropping by 61 per cent for a $45.2 million domestic take in its second week, for a domestic total of $208.3 million.

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Much to my surprise, the apes squashed a spider this weekend.

Next weekend sees the arrival of Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk, Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and the comedy Girls Trip. The stylish heist movie earned $2.5 million on Friday from 3,043 locations and is tracking for an $8.75 million weekend, which will bring its box office total to $73.1 million. Edgar Wright's super cool crime caper Baby Driver has now racked up more than $73 million in the U.S. and is on the verge of a global total of $100 million. The film was made for about $175 million.

Despicable Me 3 brought in $18.9 million in ts third weekend, off 44%. Rounding out the top five is the independent film, The Big Sick, which expanded nationwide.

The movie was largely panned by critics, with a 20 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, and it also carries a lackluster audience appeal with a C CinemaScore. Not so fast. Even with the million-dollar cushion from Thursday, the opening Apes film fell way behind the second film for the combined Thursday/Friday, with Dawn earning $27.6 million, and War finding only $22 million.

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