Weekend Box Office Wrap-up

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Awareness for the film was strong, with a hefty marketing campaign beginning the promotion ten months ago.

The Fox/Chemin Entertainment production managed to outdraw "Spider-Man: Homecoming", which fell by more than half from its opening three-day weekend to pull in $45.2 million, website Exhibitor Relations reported.

Of course, none of this is to say that Homecoming's not a big hit (oh, it is) or that War Apes is the better film (apples and oranges). War also had an A- CinemaScore that bolsters that likelihood.

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

The apes were no competition for the spider as Spider-Man Homecoming holds on to the top of the global box office for a second week. While the second movie in the franchise may have left Matt Reeves and company some impossible shoes to fill, the third movie is still a fitting conclusion to one of the smartest summer movie franchises in Hollywood history. Spider-Man: Homecoming has yet to release in Belgium, Spain, Japan, and China. The box office for Michael Showalter feature now stands at $16 million. With a production budget of just $12 million, this isn't a bad blow.

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And it must be a great weekend for franchises: Taking the No. 3 spot is "Despicable Me 3".

Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver" starring Ansel Elgort and Jon Bernthal brought in $8 million on its third weekend. The worldwide total has now reached $764.9 million. From 2,250 screens, it made $5.5 million ($2,483 per screen) and finished in at #7. It's an impressive performance for the film and will bring in a solid profit for Sony/Tristar. The Universal-Illumination animated threequel will end the weekend with another $19 million, should everything go according to plan. The budget isn't known but it should be a minor profit for the studio with a likely $30 million-plus final gross.

Super hero sensation Wonder Woman posted its fifth straight weekend with a decline in the low 30-40% range by slipping only 30% to an estimated $6.9M in its seventh frame.

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.