War For The Planet Of The Apes hauled in $56.5 million (GBP43 million) over its opening weekend to debut at number one at the box office on Sunday (16Jul17).
War for the Planet of the Apes is pacing for a box office on par with that of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the film that kicked off the prequel trilogy with a $54.8 million opening weekend in 2011. The Sony-Marvel superhero pic is looking at a second outing just shy of $50 million.
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. "Homecoming" nabbed an estimated $45.2 million in North America in its second weekend. Maybe Apes took a bigger chunk of the pie than anyone expected this weekend, but Homecoming's gonna be fine. That's a 61.4 percent hit from its opening weekend, which is fairly standard for tentpoles that open in the $100+ million range. War racked up a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 83/100 from Metacritic. That leaves us again looking to next weekend and hoping that Dunkirk, Valerian or Girls Trip can somehow figure out how draw audiences to theaters, as the box office continues to fall away from previous years. The horror-thriller "Wish Upon" only brought-in $5.5M across 2,250 locations.
The fright-fest is directed by John R. Leonetti based on a script by Barbara Marshall.
Reviews were fantastic for War with many critics calling it the best of the three with wonderful use of technology to advance the art of storytelling.
Despicable Me 3 placed #3 in its 3rd frame with $18.9-M from 4,155 theaters for a domestic take of $188-M. Also in its third frame, "Baby Driver" from Working Title, Big Talk, TriStar, and Sony is on track for fourth place.
Finally, keep an eye on "Wonder Woman", which is finishing in sixth this weekend with $6.7 million, and closing in on several benchmarks. This brings its domestic gross to $208.3 million so far. The film should pass Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two this upcoming week to become the summer's biggest hit. The film now has a $16M domestic total after just four-weeks at the limited box-office.