War For The Planet Of The Apes Fights Off Spider-Man: Homecoming For Top Spot

– by Joseph Medina

This weekend seems to be a bit of a mixed bag on all levels. For starters, Matt Reeves’ next picture, War for the Planet of the Apes started off with a $56.5 million opening. This was enough to pull itself past last weekend’s Spider-Man: Homecoming by a substantial margin, but it wasn’t exactly the greatest opening one could expect. Rise of the Planet of the Apes made around $54 million, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes made around $72 million, and you can bet that the studio was hoping for something more in line with the latter’s performance. That being said, the budget for War was around $20 million less than that of Dawn, so it’s by no means a flop, though it is a bit disappointing. It’ll be interesting to see how this film shakes out by the end of its run. In the grand scheme of things, the movie itself actually plays against expectations in terms of your typical blockbuster. It’s a lot more bleak than one wants to experience during the summer, so that likely had something to do with the lukewarm performance. In some ways, this seems comparable to what we saw last year with Star Trek Beyond — a well-reviewed film that sort of just hits the box office with a mild thud.

In second place is Spider-Man: Homecoming with $45.2 million. The film had an amazing start last weekend, and this weekend saw its grosses drop a substantial 61 percent. It’s not awful, by any means, and most big budget films suffer drops from around 60-70 percent. That being said, no one over at Sony is going hungry. As of this writing, it’s taken in around $469 million worldwide, which is rapidly approaching the $700 million range that most other Spider-Man films have taken in in the past (and for a substantially smaller budget than the last two Spidey films). This is a much-needed win for Sony, and we can only expect continued strong performance going forward, as there are very few films coming out that could directly compete with it (Yes, even Valerian).

In third place is Despicable Me 3, staying strong in its third weekend with $18.9 million. While we don’t’ think the film has a chance of making anywhere hear the $970 million of its predecessor (or the $1.1 billion of Minions), it’s still sitting pretty on $619 million worldwide. Given the film’s $80 million budget, you can rest assured that Illumination is marking this one as another huge success in a long line of successful films. While their movies may not have the accolades that Pixar and Disney do, they certainly make movies that a lot of folks seem to like, hitting near-Pixar and Disney box office numbers on a fraction of the budget.

In fourth place is Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver. We normally don’t cover fourth place, but this is especially notable, as the film is nearing $96 million worldwide on its $34 million budget. Additionally, this marks Baby Driver as Wright’s most successful film to date, with the closest being Hot Fuzz, with a worldwide cume of $80 million.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 16, are below.

  1. War For The Planet Of The Apes - 20th Century Fox - $56.5M
  2. Spider-Man: Homecoming - Sony - $45.2M
  3. Despicable Me 3 - Universal - $18.9M
  4. Baby Driver - Sony - $8.8M
  5. Big Sick, The - Lionsgate - $7.6M
  6. Wonder Woman - Warner Bros. - $6.9M
  7. Wish Upon - Broad Green Pictures - $5.6M
  8. Cars 3 - Disney - $3.2M
  9. Transformers: The Last Knight - Paramount - $2.8M
  10. House, The - Warner Bros. - $1.8M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 16, are below.

  1. Spider-Man: Homecoming - Sony - $117.5M
  2. War For The Planet Of The Apes - 20th Century Fox - $102.5M
  3. Despicable Me 3 - Universal - $89.9M
  4. Wukong - Mulitple - $37.0M
  5. Cars 3 - Disney - $23.3M
  6. Baby Driver - Sony - $15.0M
  7. Wonder Woman - Warner Bros. - $10.2M
  8. Transformers: The Last Knight - Paramount - $9.5M
  9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Disney - $8.0M
  10. Big Sick, The - Lionsgate - $7.6M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

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