In 2011, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" relaunched the damn dirty ape franchise and beat expectations with a solid $54.8 million debut.
Audiences showed up for battle as the summer's latest threequel, War for the Planet of the Apes, opened at number one at the North American box office. The box office news on Thursday felt very good - War earned a strong $5 million from previews, potentially setting the table for a big weekend.
Directed by Matt Reeves, the film opened to a decent start. The Universal-Illumination animated threequel will end the weekend with another $19 million, should everything go according to plan.
This week saw the release of War For The Planet Of The Apes, which stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn. From an underrated, strong score for the previous film, his composition for War is a step up in every way and, without wanting to sound hyperbolic, establishes itself quickly as one of his greatest pieces of work to date.
Swinging into second place is "Spider-Man: Homecoming".
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You can view this weekend's full box office results below.
Meanwhile, the Spider-Man reboot finished in second place, dropping more than 60% to earn $45.2 million. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" has now grossed over $208M since it debuted two-weeks ago.
The offbeat heist thriller, Baby Driver, placed #4 with $8.8-M from 3,043 theaters for a domestic total of $73.1-M. Internationally, Spider-Man: Homecoming earned an impressive $72.3 million from 20,800 screens in 63 markets, for an overseas total of $261.1 million and worldwide sum of $469.4 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. The UK ($9.5 million), Russian Federation ($5.0 million), and Spain ($3.4 million) lead the charge, and the film has yet to open in eight of the top markets (China, South Korea, Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico).
And in a surprising fifth place among the big-studio blockbusters was independent rom-com "The Big Sick" from Lionsgate, taking in $7.6 million in its first week in wide release. Given the film's continued durability, it should pass the $400 million mark by mid-August.