Monday, July 17, 2017



Newcomer "War for the Planet of the Apes" had no trouble taking down "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at the box-office, but its opening weekend wasn't as spectacular as anticipated. Meanwhile, the new horror film "Wish Upon" had a pretty terrible first weekend.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

Although studio projections for "War for the Planet of the Apes" were pretty reserved, the film did managed to open slightly better than expected with $56.5 million, enough to secure the top spot, but a drop from "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" ($72 million).  The first film in the reboot trilogy, "Rise of..." opened in 2011 with $54.8 million. So it's not really a dream scenario for the film, especially since it's being hailed as the best of the trilogy and hopes were high. Internationally, the film raked in another $46 million, so that brings it closer to breaking even against its $150 million budget. The film received an "A-" from CinemaScore, and had generally positive reviews from critics (95% on Rotten Tomatoes and 83 on Metacritic).

In second place, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" took a pretty steep 61% drop in its second weekend, grossing $45.2 million for a grand domestic total of $208.2 million. Its international cume has now reached $261.1 million, so that puts the film in a pretty comfortable position, so far, with a few more overseas markets left to open in the following weeks, including the big one, China.

"Despicable Me 3" is down to three, as the film grossed $18.9 million. Its domestic tally is currently $187.9 million and overseas it's doing a lot better with a total of $431.4 million. Expect another sequel.

At #4 we have "Baby Driver", which continues to do well, dropping just 33% and grossing $8.7 million. The film has grossed $73.1 million domestically and another $23.1 million overseas.

The Top 5 is rounded up by an unexpected hit, the Amazon Studios romantic comedy "The Big Sick", which expanded nationwide and climbed to #5 with $7.6 million and a $16 million total. A pretty impressive feat for the former limited release.

The other new wide release, the horror film "Wish Upon" made an unimpressive debut, opening in seventh place with $5.5 million. The film had a small $12 million budget, but with only a "C-" from CinemaScore and very bad reviews (20% on Rotten Tomatoes and 30 on Metacritic), it really doesn't look like it can count on word of mouth to help it stay in the Top 10 next week.

New Wide Releases: "War for the Planet of the Apes", "Wish Upon".

Biggest Drop : "The House" (-62%)

Smallest Drop : "Wonder Woman" (-29.9%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 War for the Planet of the Apes $56.5M $56.5M $46M $150M
2 Spider-Man: Homecoming $45.2M $208.2M $261.1M $175M
3 Despicable Me 3 $18.9M $187.9M $431.4M $80M
4 Baby Driver $8.7M $73.1M $23.1M $34M
5 The Big Sick $7.6M $16M N/A N/A
6 Wonder Woman $6.8M $380.6M $384.2M $149M
7 Wish Upon $5.5M $5.5M N/A $12M
8 Cars 3 $3.1M $140M $82.9M $175M
9 Transformers: The Last Knight $2.7M $124M $392.4M $217M
10 The House $1.7M $23M $5.4M $40M


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