War for the Planet of the Apes Draws Decent $56M Opening

“Apes” overthrowing “Spider-Man” at Box Office

Box Office: Day wise India collection break up of War For The Planet Of The Apes

And we've hit another slow spot this weekend.

War for the Planet of the Apes took the No. 1 spot at this weekend's box office with a $56.5 million debut.

This is good, but not great, news for the "Apes" franchise, as "War" marks its second-biggest opening weekend, compared to 2011′s "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" ($54.8 million) and 2014′s "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".

Caesar (played by Andy Serkis through capture technology) wants the war to end but Colonel believes victory can only be found through killing every ape on Earth.

Woody Harrelson, in human form, joins the franchise as the villain, while Steve Zahn, as a chimp, offers comic relief.

The movie opened in line with the studio's expectations, said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for Twentieth Century Fox.

Despite largely positive reviews, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" suffered a far bigger decline in week two than was anticipated, dropping by 61 per cent for a $45.2 million domestic take in its second week, for a domestic total of $208.3 million.

Which movie did you see this weekend? The theater will get more crowded next weekend as Dunkirk and Valerian open, but odds are War has decent legs due to the word-of-mouth.

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

Wonder Woman, in its 7th weekend fell out of the Top 5 to come in #6 with $6.9-M from 2,744 locations for a domestic box office of $380.7. With that rating and a C CinemaScore, that's not likely. Sony's Baby Driver eased only 33% in its third lap for an estimated $8.8M pushing the cume to $73.2M.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $157.2M which was up 4% from a year ago when The Secret Life of Pets stayed at number one with $50.8M; but down 12% from 2015 when Ant-Man debuted in the top spot with $57.2M. It was still profitable and added another film to the box set, so, naturally, the third shows up this weekend.

"The comedy and universal themes are connecting with audiences across the country". Dropping 44% in attendance, it collected $18.9 million and finished in third place.

And Wonder Woman is on course to overtake Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the summer's highest grossing film at six.

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