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. 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.
War for the Planet of the Apes concludes Caesar’s story and closes the trilogy. At least it seems that 20th Century Fox won’t be changing their minds and sticking with three instead of caving and making another two. War for the Planet of the Apes cost $150 million to make and used motion capture (Andy Serkis plays Caesar) and CGI to bring the apes to life. The sight is something to behold and it’s been getting critical acclaim across the board. Many have seen this as a positive sign that Matt Reeves is certainly more than capable of bringing the next Batman film to the big screen.
Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, after a pretty fantastic opening weekend last week, fell 61% to the number two spot with $45.2 million. This brings its domestic gross to $208.3 million so far. It will continue earning at the box office, but the drop in movie ticket sales from the first week to the second is higher than what Wonder Woman’s was, which only dropped 43% and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which dropped 56%. Still, it’s doing very well for itself and many have praised Holland’s work as the title character, as well as the rest of the cast and director Jon Watts for bringing the film to life.
Elsewhere at the box office, Despicable Me 3 came in third place, earning another $18.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $188 million. Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver drove its way to fourth place with $8.8 million, bringing its domestic numbers up to $73 million, making Sony a profit since the film only cost $35 million or so to make. Rounding out the top five is the independent film, The Big Sick, which expanded nationwide. The film, based on the real life love story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, earned $8.8 million and has now grossed a total of $16 million.
Wonder Woman, after spending seven weeks in the top five at the domestic box office, falls to sixth place with $6.7 million and bringing its domestic total gross earnings to $380 million. As it stands, Wonder Woman is now the highest grossing DCEU film in the U.S. and the second biggest DCEU worldwide after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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