Monday, 18 December, 2017

'Planet of the Apes' tops 'Spider-Man' with US$56.5m

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Nicole Thomas | 17 July, 2017, 16:11

"War for the Planet of the Apes", 20th Century Fox's third installment in the dystopian film series about a war between man and simian, opened as the No. 1 movie in North America this weekend, toppling Sony Corp.'s superhero feature "Spider-Man: Homecoming".

That number would put it on par with 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes'" $54.8 million debut, but noticeably behind 2014's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'" $72.6 million domestic launch.

The Big Sick is directed by Michael Showalter, from a screenplay by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

Meanwhile, the Spider-Man reboot finished in second place, dropping more than 60% to earn $45.2 million. By Sunday evening, its 10th night, it is predicted to deal $208.3 million in domestic sales. With an estimated $56.5M, Matt Reeves' latest knocked Homecoming out of the top spot at the box office, a position it maintained for only one week.

Despicable Me 3 comes in third with a $19.2 million (GBP14.7 million) weekend, while director Edgar Wright's stylish Baby Driver and the acclaimed The Big Sick round out the top five. However, they are adequately indicative of the box-office performance of the film (s). It was the opening weekend for Planet of the Apes, and the second for Homecoming. It's up to $28.5 million total worldwide.

Global numbers have yet to be updated, however, the film has already surpassed $300 million worldwide and should successfully pass the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office once updated numbers are finally posted. Overseas, the $34 million production has earned $23 million to date.

Tiemoue Bakayoko thanks his 'agent' Michy Batshuayi for £40m Chelsea transfer
He had met the 34-year-old in the expectation that a verbally agreed free transfer from Juventus was about to be completed. Ramires, signed from Benfica for £18m in the summer of 2010, has one of the more interesting Chelsea legacies.

Things did not go as well for this weekend's other new wide release, Wish Upon.

Apes ruled the box office this weekend, if not quite as strongly as some expected.

Elsewhere in the top 10, DC's Wonder Woman saw a small drop in its earnings (29.9 percent) as it earned an estimated $6.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $380.7 million, cementing its status as, domestically, the highest-grossing DC Extended Universe movie.

The #8 film is Pixar's Cars 3, which brought in $3.1 million in its fifth weekend.

The horror film "Wish Upon", from Broad Green Pictures, was the weekend's only other new release. It received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.

Next weekend sees the arrival of Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk, Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and the comedy Girls Trip.

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