Men are gunning for apes (and vice versa)

The Planet of the Apes Prequels May Not Be Over Yet By Germain Lussier on 11 Jul 2017 at 9:00PM “In our minds the story’s not over.”

War for the Planet of the Apes may only reside in the #1 spot for a week as it faces stiff competition from Christopher Nolan's latest film next weekend.

Woody Harrelson, in human form, joins the franchise as the villain, while Steve Zahn, as a chimp, offers comic relief. Following its successful opening in limited release, and slowly building buzz, the movie's current domestic total sits just above $16 million.

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures' Spider-Man: Homecoming dropped 61% to second place with a second weekend of $45.2 million, to push its North American total to $208.3 million.

War for the Planet of the Apes concludes Caesar's story and closes the trilogy. Baby Driver fell from third to fourth place, earning $8.8 million (a bit less than the $20+ million it brought in last weekend).

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The summer of franchises continues with the third film in the rebooted Apes series, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (click the link to read our review). From an underrated, strong score for the previous film, his composition for War is a step up in every way and, without wanting to sound hyperbolic, establishes itself quickly as one of his greatest pieces of work to date.

Wonder Woman, after spending seven weeks in the top five at the domestic box office, falls to sixth place with $6.7 million and bringing its domestic total gross earnings to $380 million.

In third is Despicable Me 3, which grossed $18.9 million. There aren't many high-profile offerings with substantial buzz on the horizon, so if Apes holds well and doesn't have a drastic drop-off in its second weekend, it'll be in good shape for its run.

As for Tom Holland's Spider-Man: Homecoming, don't feel too bad for it. It was estimated to have earned $7.6 million according to BoxOfficeMojo.

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I saw War For The Planet Of The Apes and still prefer Dawn.

You can view this weekend's full box office results below. The local total there has climbed to $42.2 million. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan headline the acclaimed feature, which was written by Nanjiani and produced by Judd Apatow.

It's also only a few million shy of passing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which with US$386.2 million is now the highest grossing movie of the summer so far. It received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.

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