'War of the Planet of the Apes' enjoys modest #1 opening


It was a sleepy summer weekend at the box office, with Matt Reeves’ War of the Planet of the Apes’ $56.2 million opening leading the box office pack. That’s a steep drop from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ $72.6 million opening, though that film cost an estimated $20 million more than War to produce. Add in international numbers, and War’s cume sits at just over $100 million, with release still forthcoming in a handful of major markets. Not massive blockbuster numbers, but still not bad; the first film in the trilogy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, opened to $54.8 million back in 2011 and went on to earn a very respectable $176.7 million domestically.

Last week’s champ, Spider-Man: Homecoming, slipped one spot to number two, a 62% drop bringing its sophomore weekend gross to $44.2 million (total gross $207.2 million). Internationally, the latest cinematic incarnation of Queens’ friendly neighborhood web-crawler has swung big with $260 million and counting, meaning the film should hit the half-billion mark in a week or so.

After Homecoming, we have three more holdovers: Despicable Me 3 (weekend gross $19.3 million, total gross $188.3 million); Baby Driver (weekend gross $8.7 million, total gross $73.1 million); and The Big Sick (weekend gross $7.5 million, total gross $15.9 million), expanding to wide release after three weeks in limited. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman drops out of the top five after a month and a half. Its $6.8 million weekend gross brings its domestic total to $380.6 million, bringing it within spitting distance of reigning 2017 superhero movie champ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($386.5 million).

Aside from War of the Planet of the Apes, the weekend’s other new wide release was horror film Wish Upon, which opened soft with $5.4 million on 2,250 screens. A C- CinemaScore bodes ill for its staying power as a blockbuster-filled summer charges on.

The weekend’s per-theatre champ was Alejandro Jodorowsky’s semi-autobiographical Endless Poetry, which opened to $28,000 on a pair of screens. Also out in limited release were Lady Macbeth ($12,907), Blind ($12,522), False Confessions ($7,361), The Persian Connection ($6,634), Footnotes ($5,900), The Wrong Light ($5,429), L’important C’est D’aimer ($5,370), I Am the Blues ($5,105), Birthright: A War Story ($3,006) and Man Underground ($2,194). On the higher end of the limited release list as far as screen counts are concerned, Bollywood adventure comedy Jagga Jasoos opened to $490,232 in 210 theatres.