'Planet of the Apes' tops 'Spider-Man' with US$56.5m

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The newest Spidey flick earned over $117 million in its first weekend, but dropped dramatically for week two as War took the reins. It came in on the lower end of analyst projections of $55 million to $60 million.

American film company 20th Century Fox's movie "War for the Planet of the Apes" nabbed the top spot at the North American box office with an estimated 56.5 million us dollars in its opening weekend. To compare, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened to $54.8 million and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gathered $72.6 million.

War for the Planet of the Apes is a very serious movie about apes.

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). Internationally, the Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios production has been performing just as well, bringing in an additional $261 million, bringing the worldwide total for the movie starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, and Zendaya to $469.4 million so far. 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.

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The summer box office resurgence continued this weekend with the arrival of a phenomenal trilogy finale.

The fright-fest is directed by John R. Leonetti based on a script by Barbara Marshall. The film, made for $150 million, scored a glowing 94 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes site.

The animated feature earned $6.2 million on Friday and is expected to earn $18.9 million over the weekend from 4,155 locations.

And Sony's Baby Driver stays in the conversation with a strong 32 per cent hold that should land it in fourth. A final domestic gross of $220 million is likely and it will be a hit on a $90 million budget.

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Rounding out the top five this week is romantic comedy The Big Sick, which stars and was co-written by Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani. The third instalment in the Despicable Me franchise has earned $619 million worldwide.

"It's awesome that this independent film has found its footing as a family movie among all the summer blockbusters", said Amazon Studios' marketing and distribution chief Bob Berney in a statement to Variety about the success of The Big Sick, which follows the story of an unconventional interracial romance.

"The comedy and universal themes are connecting with audiences across the country". The other movie to keep an eye on next week is GIRLS TRIP.

Patty Jenkins' superheroine movie has now raked in $386.6 million (GBP295 million) since it debuted at the beginning of June (17) - that's just $5.9 million (GBP4.5 million) shy of the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel's haul.

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