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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DiNardo's social media posts showed the 20 year old retaining an avid interest in hunting, fishing and Air Jordan sneakers. Weintraub emphasized that while authorities have focused on DiNardo, "this investigation is still wide open".
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.
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.