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This weekend saw a big time showdown between War For The Planet Of The Apes and Spider-Man: Homecoming, and much like Caesar leading his simian friends to victory, Matt Reeves’ blockbuster wound up taking the top spot at the box office. Check out this week’s Top 10 detailed in the chart below!
War For The Planet Of The Apes*
Despicable Me 3
The Big Sick
Transformers: The Last Knight
War For The Planet Of The Apes proved itself a strong contender at the box office following up on weeks of good buzz from positive professional reviews – though it will ultimately be seen as a moderate victory, particularly in the context of the modern Planet of the Apes trilogy. When released in 2014, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was a massive victory, pulling in $72.6 million in its first three days, but War‘s performance was closer to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, which opened with $54.8 million. This is arguably another example of sequel fatigue in summer 2017 blockbusters, but it’s also hard to ignore the fact that the movie is coming out after a surprising number of weekends in a row with huge releases.
Without the larger context of the franchise or the season, War For The Planet Of The Apes is definitely doing just fine, and is well on its way to justifying its $150 million budget. Not only is $56.5 million a solid figure (it’s the sixth highest opening this summer), but the dramatic sci-fi/western has also already made $46 million abroad, bringing it’s global total to $102.5 million in one weekend. The fact that it earned an “A-” CinemaScore is also an indication that it could wind up having legs as competition becomes thinner going from late July into August.
The only other new release this week was Wish Upon, and it’s narrative is shaping up to be the complete opposite of War For The Planet Of The Apes‘. Unlike the Matt Reeves film, the wish-centric horror movie was slammed by critics, and managed to only make $5.6 million in its debut. It’s certainly not the worst outcome, as it was only made for a reported $12 million, but the fact that it’s also wearing a “C” CinemaScore suggests that it won’t be the runaway low-budget hit that, for example, Get Out was earlier this year.
Looking at the chart, you may also notice the notable jump made by The Big Sick – which found its way from limited to wide release this weekend. The film, directed by Michael Showalter and starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, was a strong performer in select markets thanks to an overwhelmingly positive critical response, and it nearly doubled its box office total to date in going nationwide. It may not stay in the Top 5 for long, but one could see it sticking around as Cars 3, Transformers: The Last Knight, and The House fall off the chart.
As for what’s ahead, the nerd world will be busy this weekend keeping an eye on everything going down at San Diego Comic-Con – but that’s hardly stopping Hollywood from putting out some major releases. Specifically, two director titans are set to go head-to-head, as Luc Besson will be delivering the space adventure that is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Christopher Nolan will be presenting his big screen war reenactment, Dunkirk; and fans will also be able to find Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith partying it up in Girls Trip. Be sure to check back next Sunday here on CinemaBlend to read about how it all goes down!
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