New release "War for the Planet of the Apes" won this weekend's war for box office supremacy in North America, riding on strong reviews and ever more natural-looking apes to take in an estimated $56.5 million. War racked up a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 83/100 from Metacritic. The second film in the trilogy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is the series big victor for weekend opener with a staggering $72 million in 2014. Though that was a bit below the $163 million Spider-Man: Homecoming brought in last week, it was still an impressive number given the competition it faced this week. It was the opening weekend for Planet of the Apes, and the second for Homecoming. So, not exactly a flop. All of a sudden, there was a 20% deficit for War compared to Rise, and the opening day for the third film was only $2.5 million bigger than the original.
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Elsewhere at the box office, Despicable Me 3 came in third place, earning another $18.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $188 million.
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This week saw the release of War For The Planet Of The Apes, which stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn. It's up to $28.5 million total worldwide. Rounding out the top five is the independent film, The Big Sick, which expanded nationwide. Forecasts for domestic weekend sales ranged from $54 million at BoxOfficePro.com to $70 million at Box Office Mojo.
While the victors usually get to write history, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is still worth writing home about. Off 33%, the Edgar Wright sleeper hit has scored a great $73 million so far as it heads to at least $100 million by the end of its run. It stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher. The film was made for about $175 million.
Wonder Woman continued to hang in strong, down just 30% to $6.9 million.
Wish Upon, the weekend's other new premiere, can be found at the seventh spot with a small $5.5 million. It opened with $5.5 million and a dismal C CinemaScore from audiences.