“War for the Planet of the Apes” is the weekend’s box-office champ, taking in $56.5 million domestically in its opening weekend to dethrone “Spider-Man: Homecoming” from the top spot, reports Variety.
While “War for the Planet of the Apes” can celebrate victory at the box office, The Hollywood Reporter notes that the film’s opening-weekend tally is actually lower than estimated, especially given the film’s $150-million budget. In addition, this “threequel” also indicates some sequel fatigue among moviegoers, as the number is a 22-per-cent drop from the previous instalment, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, which opened to $72.6 million in 2014.
Despite largely positive reviews, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” suffered a far bigger decline in week two than was anticipated, dropping by 61 per cent for a $45.2 million domestic take in its second week, for a domestic total of $208.3 million.
Despite the lower-than-expected opening, Fox execs believe “War for the Planet of the Apes” will have legs that will carry it throughout the summer. “This movie is going to play the rest of the summer and have a huge multiple,” Fox domestic distribution president Chris Aronson tells THR.
The only other new film opening this weekend, the supernatural horror flick “Wish Upon”, sputtered at the gate, taking in a mere $5.5 million to land in seventh place.