'War for the Planet of the Apes' sets new movie standard

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

The final film in the Apes trilogy, War for the Planet of the Apes reigns supreme at the box office, opening with $56.5 million in its first weekend.

2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a bigger hit with a US$72.6 million domestic opening, when it hit theaters against the third weekend of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Just when we thought man and ape were going to throw down once and for all, Matt Reeves delivers the unexpected in his exciting franchise conclusion.

Patty Jenkins' superheroine movie has now raked in $386.6 million (GBP295 million) since it debuted at the beginning of June (17) - that's just $5.9 million (GBP4.5 million) shy of the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel's haul.

War for the Planet of the Apes, which sees Caesar and his apes facing off against Woody Harrelson's ruthless Colonel, was a success story for 20th Century Fox, who, like many, expected the film to fall much closer to Homecoming's totals.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya Coleman, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.

Meanwhile, the Spider-Man reboot finished in second place, dropping more than 60% to earn $45.2 million. 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.




Despicable Me 3 continued respectable business finishing in third place with $18.9 million (giving the film a three-week total of $188 million).

TOTAL (DOMESTIC GROSS APPROX.) - 3.06 Cr.

Holding over from previous weeks, "Despicable Me 3" saw another $18.9 million added to its global tally of $465 million; and "Baby Driver" added over $8.7 million to its worldwide earnings of $78 million dollars.

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan headline the acclaimed feature, which was written by Nanjiani and produced by Judd Apatow. It received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.

Capping off the top 10 is The House, which made $1.7 million in its third weekend.

2017 has been another odd year for returning franchises at the United States box office.

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