War for the Planet of the Apes is most expected to top Spider-Man: Homecoming at the box office this weekend with a great haul of $57.5 million in its first three days. The rebooted franchise, which just started back in 2011 with the surprise sleeper hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Has been best reliable moneymaker for 20th Century Fox over the past six years, much thanks to its strong word-of-mouth. Also War‘s two predecessors brought in a combined $1.1 billion worldwide, thus reaching new heights with the $710.6 million posted by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. The films yet haven’t broken box office records, but they’re the undeniably successes for the studio.
This summer has seen some high-profile disappointment after another, but War likely looked to follow Homecoming‘s footsteps. By continuing the upward trend at the multiplex right as it opened. Riding buzz of strong reviews, the threequel grossed an overall impressive $5 million from Thursday night preview screenings.
That figure was much higher than Dawn‘s opening night debut. But it looks like that the middle chapter of the trilogy is going to maintain bragging rights for the full weekend.
War for the Planet of the Apes is poised to secure the top #1 spot on the charts in its first weekend by earning $57.5 million. This figure is a slightly higher than the $54.8 million scored by the Rise. But a great far cry from the $72.6 million Dawn made in its first frame.
The main reasoning for this substantial difference most likely has little to do with that quality of War. It faced much stiff competition from the similarly well-received Homecoming. Dawn essentially had theaters to only itself a few summers ago. As its top most noteworthy rival was the critically-maligned. Transformers: Age of Extinction which was in its third weekend at that time of Dawn‘s premiere.
War Beats Homecoming
Filling out the rest of those top five this weekend will be Spider-Man: Homecoming. Taking standard 59 percent drop to earn $48 million in its second weekend. Despicable Me 3 ($19.3 million), Baby Driver ($8.7 million), and also The Big Sick which expanded nationwide on Friday. And is estimated to make somewhat about $7.9 million.
That’s a great diverse collection of films, illustrating there is enough cash to go around at the box office. Usually when there’s something playing for a wide variety of the target demographics. Whether one prefers some big-budget genre entertainment, wants to see a slick crime thriller. And if one is looking for some sweet date night option, there’s a great bounty of options. After a rough stretch through the June, many good movies are bringing the summer box office back.
Shifting gears back to Apes, while it looks like to open somewhat below expectations. Fox should still be mildly pleased about the way things turned out. Especially considering that War was able to beat Homecoming. Which bascially stormed out of the gates last week with $117 million.
Audiences showed that there is still an interest in stories set in this universe. Which means that director Matt Reeves may be able to continue the series at some major point when he is done with The Batman. It will be very interesting to see what happens next, but we have not seen the last of the highly-evolved apes.