Weekend Box Office: Apes Squash Spider at the Box Office

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Weekend Box Office: Apes Squash Spider at the Box Office

This weekend, 20th Century Fox's War For The Planet Of The Apes went toe-to-toe with Marvel/Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and - somewhat surprisingly - the Apes emerged victorious. 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. It's a feat War for the Planet of the Apes pulls off throughout: telling its biblically-themed story about war, revenge, and militarism with a cast of intelligent apes, while somehow successfully playing it straight. The second film, a darker, more dense film from Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, did what it needed to keep the franchise alive.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya Coleman, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. Overseas, Homecoming has brought in $261 million.

In third is Despicable Me 3, which grossed $18.9 million. The film fell 61% in its second outing, pulling in another $45 million, bringing the domestic total to $208 million stateside. By comparison, Wrights' previous movies Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World's End, Hot Fuzz, and Shaun of the Dead earned, respectively, $47.7 million, $46.1 million, $80.6 million, and $30 million by the end of their entire runs.

Sony's Baby Driver kept cruising along in fourth place, where it earned $8.8 million from 3,043 screens. Even with overseas flocking, the movie now sits at $517.3 million which is lowest of the main franchise easily.

"Sick" stars Kumail Nanjiani in the semi-autobiographical role of a Pakistani-American stand-up comic who resists his parents' insistent efforts to find a wife for him, and instead falls in love with comedy-club customer Emily, played by Zoe Kazan.

After six weeks, we bid adieu to Wonder Woman as the Patty Jenkins blockbuster moved down to sixth place, earning $6.9 million from 2,744 theaters in its seventh weekend. Worldwide, it brought in $102.5 million, meaning it's almost recouped its $150 million production budget. Newcomer Wish Upon managed $5.6 million despite relatively poor reviews. The film took in $5 million in Thursday night previews, fueling a $22.1 million Friday debut in $4,022 theaters. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes anxious about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her.

Not making the top-five but worth mentioning were "Wish Upon" and "Lady Macbeth". The Fox release grossed an estimated $56.5M from 4,022 locations for a strong $14,048 average.

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