Box Office: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Opens to $56.5-M

Box Office: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Opens to $56.5-M

Box Office: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Opens to $56.5-M

$FOX, $SNE, $CMCSA, $TWX

Hollywood continues to battles sequel fatigue as War for the Planet of the Apes at the North American box office, but winning the weekend with an estimated $56.5-M from 4,022 theaters.

‘Wish Upon’ DoA, while ‘The Big Sick’ placed #5 in its nationwide expansion.

Sony NYSE:SNE) and Marvel Studios’ rebooted Spider-Man declining more than expected in its 2nd outing, falling 61% to $45.2-M for a domestic box office total of $208.3-M.

War for the Planet of the Apes came in 22% behind sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which debuted to $72.6-M in Y 2014. Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) said this is the final title in the refurbished series about intelligent primates.

Overseas, Apes opened to $46-M from 62 markets for global debut of $102.5-M.

Costing $150-M to produce before marketing, the 3-quel.

War for the Planet of the Apes sports a glowing 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and garnered an A- CinemaScore.

The movie skewed male (57%), 65% of ticket buyers were 25 and older.

Spider-Man: Homecoming fell more than the Summer’s 2 other superhero pics, Wonder Woman (43%), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (56%).

Internationally, Spider-Man took in another $72.3-M from 64 territories for a foreign take of $261.1-M and $469.4-M globally.

The weekend’s other new new offering: Wish Upon, DOA with an estimated $5.5-M from 2,250 theaters to place #7. Wish Upon received a C CinemaScore.

The Big Sick expanded nationwide after a strong limited run. The romantic comedy placed # 5 with $7.6-M from 2,597 cinemas for a box office of roughly $16-M.

Despicable Me 3 placed #3 in its 3rd frame with $18.9-M from 4,155 theaters for a domestic take of $188-M. Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Illumination’s animated event film is doing much bigger business overseas, grossing another $71 million from 63 markets to jump the $400-M mark internationally and finish Sunday with with a global box office of $519.4-M

The offbeat heist thriller, Baby Driver, placed #4 with $8.8-M from 3,043 theaters for a domestic total of $73.1-M. Baby Driver is impressing overseas, earning $23.1-M to date from 19 markets for $96.2-M globally.

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. The Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) release is enjoying an unheard of hold, and is now assured of topping out at $395-M or more domestically, among the top showings of all time for the genre. Monday, it will pass up the final Harry Potter film ($381-M) to become the #3 Warner’s release of all time behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, not accounting for inflation.

Have some fun, see a movie this week,

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