"Planet Of The Apes" Conquers North American Box Office

This weekend's top ten was down 21% from last week and was practically dead even with the top ten from one year ago. All's I'm saying is, if you were betting on Homecoming to maintain the top spot this week (it me), it may be time to reconsider your estimation of the Planet Of The Apes fanbase. According to Box Office Mojo, War for the Planet of the Apes has defeated Spider-Man: Homecoming at the box office, with the new release bringing in $56.5 million compared to Marvel and Sony's $45.2 million haul. The studio themselves saw War opening in the $55 million range so this is in line for their hopes. Dawn earned over $208 million domestically during its duration in theaters, and Rise only earned $176 million in its lifetime.

Like its predecessors, War for the Planet of the Apes should prove to be a big hit overseas.

As for Tom Holland's Spider-Man: Homecoming, don't feel too bad for it.

Highest total grossing film on the global box office this week is Wonder Woman which has now taken an incredible $764.8 million. Spider-Man: Homecoming has yet to release in Belgium, Spain, Japan, and China. Developed on a production budget of $34 million, the movie has pooled in more than $96 million worldwide. In a career already littered with gems, War For the Planet of the Apes is further proof Giacchino might well now be the finest composer working in Hollywood today.

Taking third place and dropping a reasonable 44% was the toon threequel Despicable Me 3 with an estimated $18.9M. Off 43%, the cartoon has scored $188.1 million after three weeks and is on course to finishing around the $225 million mark.

Cars 3 was down 41% to $3.2 in its fifth weekend. Baby Driver is impressing overseas, earning $23.1-M to date from 19 markets for $96.2-M globally.

Rounding out the top five is the indie darling The Big Sick from comedian Kumail Nanjiani.

Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonder Woman dropped to the sixth spot with $6.9 million its seventh week and has earned a total of $380.7 million. The film, made for $150 million, scored a glowing 94% on the Rotten Tomatoes site.

"Wish Upon", starring Joey King and Ryan Phillippe, follows a teenage girl who discovers a box with magical powers. I think it will do very well, but I also think it's going to lose some audience to the other new film of the weekend, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS.

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