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'War for the Planet of the Apes' roars past 'Spider-Man'
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2017-07-17 10:22:10 UTC
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NEW YORK - Monkey business still pays. "War for the Planet of the Apes"
took down "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at the North American box office, opening
with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales.

Though some initially expected a closer race, "Spider-Man" dropped to second
with $45.2 million after its $117 million debut last weekend. But director
Matt Reeves' "War for the Planet of the Apes" pulled away thanks to strong
reviews for the third installment of the rebooted "Apes" franchise. Led by
Andy Serkis' celebrated motion-capture performance as the ape leader Caesar,
"War for the Planet of the Apes" won a 94 percent fresh rating on Rotten
Tomatoes.

Fox's "Apes" led something of a summer anomaly: There is an unusual
confluence of acclaimed films in release. Five of the top six at the box
office ("Apes," ''Homecoming," ''Baby Driver," ''The Big Sick" and "Wonder
Woman") boast Rotten Tomatoes rankings of 92 or better, and the sixth
("Despicable Me 3") was largely received as a solid enough family release.

Summer, rarely a critics' paradise, is suddenly flush with good movies.

"What I think sets the 'Planet of the Apes,' these three films, apart from
other franchise films, is that it's not gratuitous sequel-itis," said Chris
Aronson, Fox's distribution chief. "This is storytelling and it's episodic
storytelling. It's not 'Well, let's put the band back together.'"

But there were also hints of franchise fatigue for the "Planet of the Apes"
series. Reeves' latest edition came in closer to 2012's "Rise of the Planet
of the Planet of the Apes," and well below the $72.6 million debut of 2014's
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." The film, which cost about $150 million to
produce, added $46 million from overseas.

Aronson believes the good word-of-mouth will carry "War for the Planet of
the Apes." ''At the end of the day, we're going to have a terrific multiple
and it will be a lot closer to 'Dawn' than it will be 'Rise,'" he said.

Universal's family sequel "Despicable Me 3" pulled in $18.9 million in its
third week, bringing its cumulative total to $188 million domestically.
Sony's Edgar Wright action comedy "Baby Driver" followed behind with $8.8
million; its three week gross is $73.2 million.

The weekend's other most notable new entrant was Kumail Nanjiani's acclaimed
romantic comedy "The Big Sick," which expanded to about 2,600 theaters after
three weeks of limited release. The Lionsgate-Amazon Studios film, produced
by Judd Apatow, made $7.6 million - a rare success for a comedy in a summer
full of disappointment .

The horror film "Wish Upon," from Broad Green Pictures, was the weekend's
only other new release. It opened with $5.5 million and a dismal C
CinemaScore from audiences.

Next weekend may well continue the streak of well-reviewed summer releases.
Christopher Nolan's World War II thriller "Dunkirk" lands in theaters
following rapturous early reactions.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian
theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international
numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "War for the Planet of the Apes," $56.5 million ($46 million
international).

2. "Spider-Man: Homecoming," $45.2 million.

3. "Despicable Me 3," $18.9 million.

4. "Baby Driver," $8.8 million.

5. "The Big Sick," $7.6 million.

6. "Wonder Woman," $6.9 million

7. "Wish Upon," $5.6 million.

8. "Cars 3," $3.2 million.

9. "Transformers: The Last Knight," $2.8 million.

10. "The House," $1.8 million.
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2017-07-17 13:37:14 UTC
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Post by BurfordTJustice
NEW YORK - Monkey business still pays. "War for the Planet of the Apes"
took down "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at the North American box office, opening
with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales.
Though some initially expected a closer race, "Spider-Man" dropped to second
with $45.2 million after its $117 million debut last weekend. But director
Matt Reeves' "War for the Planet of the Apes" pulled away thanks to strong
reviews for the third installment of the rebooted "Apes" franchise. Led by
Andy Serkis' celebrated motion-capture performance as the ape leader Caesar,
"War for the Planet of the Apes" won a 94 percent fresh rating on Rotten
Tomatoes.
Fox's "Apes" led something of a summer anomaly: There is an unusual
confluence of acclaimed films in release. Five of the top six at the box
office ("Apes," ''Homecoming," ''Baby Driver," ''The Big Sick" and "Wonder
Woman") boast Rotten Tomatoes rankings of 92 or better, and the sixth
("Despicable Me 3") was largely received as a solid enough family release.
Summer, rarely a critics' paradise, is suddenly flush with good movies.
"What I think sets the 'Planet of the Apes,' these three films, apart from
other franchise films, is that it's not gratuitous sequel-itis," said Chris
Aronson, Fox's distribution chief. "This is storytelling and it's episodic
storytelling. It's not 'Well, let's put the band back together.'"
But there were also hints of franchise fatigue for the "Planet of the Apes"
series. Reeves' latest edition came in closer to 2012's "Rise of the Planet
of the Planet of the Apes," and well below the $72.6 million debut of 2014's
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." The film, which cost about $150 million to
produce, added $46 million from overseas.
Aronson believes the good word-of-mouth will carry "War for the Planet of
the Apes." ''At the end of the day, we're going to have a terrific multiple
and it will be a lot closer to 'Dawn' than it will be 'Rise,'" he said.
Universal's family sequel "Despicable Me 3" pulled in $18.9 million in its
third week, bringing its cumulative total to $188 million domestically.
Sony's Edgar Wright action comedy "Baby Driver" followed behind with $8.8
million; its three week gross is $73.2 million.
The weekend's other most notable new entrant was Kumail Nanjiani's acclaimed
romantic comedy "The Big Sick," which expanded to about 2,600 theaters after
three weeks of limited release. The Lionsgate-Amazon Studios film, produced
by Judd Apatow, made $7.6 million - a rare success for a comedy in a summer
full of disappointment .
The horror film "Wish Upon," from Broad Green Pictures, was the weekend's
only other new release. It opened with $5.5 million and a dismal C
CinemaScore from audiences.
Next weekend may well continue the streak of well-reviewed summer releases.
Christopher Nolan's World War II thriller "Dunkirk" lands in theaters
following rapturous early reactions.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian
theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international
numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "War for the Planet of the Apes," $56.5 million ($46 million
international).
2. "Spider-Man: Homecoming," $45.2 million.
3. "Despicable Me 3," $18.9 million.
4. "Baby Driver," $8.8 million.
5. "The Big Sick," $7.6 million.
6. "Wonder Woman," $6.9 million
7. "Wish Upon," $5.6 million.
8. "Cars 3," $3.2 million.
9. "Transformers: The Last Knight," $2.8 million.
10. "The House," $1.8 million.
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