"War for the Planet of the Apes", the third movie in 20th Century Fox's reboot of "Planet of the Apes", won the weekend with an estimated $US56 million, according to Exhibitor Relations. To compare, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened to $54.8 million and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gathered $72.6 million. Estimations for the new film were projected to be about $10 million higher than reported, but this weekend's earnings were more than respectable.
Wonder Woman continued to pile on the money with another $6.9 million to bring its seven-week total over $380 million, which was good enough to lock it into sixth place.
The second film, a darker, more dense film from Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, did what it needed to keep the franchise alive. After taking in about $13 million on Friday, Tom Holland's stab at spidey is on track for $48 million from 4,348 locations by end of day Sunday - bringing "Spider-Man's" domestic cume to $211 million in two weeks' time.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will slide down to second place in its second weekend at the box office. Running on its fourth weekend, "The Big Sick" has earned $16 million worldwide.
The offbeat heist thriller, Baby Driver, placed #4 with $8.8-M from 3,043 theaters for a domestic total of $73.1-M. 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 placed #3 in its 3rd frame with $18.9-M from 4,155 theaters for a domestic take of $188-M.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. With that rating and a C CinemaScore, that's not likely. Despite the #1 finish, it will be hard for Fox to get out of the red with box office tickets alone. To date, it has only made $187.9 million.