The summer box office resurgence continued this weekend with the arrival of a phenomenal trilogy finale.
Coming in first is War for the Planet of the Apes (read our review), which made $56.5 million in its first three days. That debut is more in line with 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($54.8 million) than direct predecessor Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($72.6 million). This may be surprising to some fans, as War earned universal praise thanks to its emotionally compelling narrative and strong motion-capture performances. However, the movie faced stiff competition from fellow franchise tentpole Spider-Man: Homecoming (more on this in a minute), so the dip between installments is understandable. It has little to do with the quality of Apes and more of what else was playing at the same time. If it had the multiplex to itself, it likely would have made more.
Nevertheless, Apes is on its way to become a success for Fox. Worldwide, it brought in $102.5 million, meaning it's nearly recouped its $150 million production budget. The theater will get more crowded next weekend as Dunkirk and Valerian open, but odds are War has decent legs due to the word-of-mouth. There aren't many high-profile offerings with substantial buzz on the horizon, so if Apes holds well and doesn't have a drastic drop-off in its second weekend, it'll be in good shape for its run.
Last week's champ, Spider-Man: Homecoming, fell to second in its second weekend, bringing in $45.2 million. That's a 61.4 percent hit from its opening weekend, which is fairly standard for tentpoles that open in the $100+ million range. Not only did the hype die down a bit following the opening weekend rush, Apes' premiere stole some business as well. There's an obvious difference in tones between War and Homecoming, but as PG-13 genre pictures, there's some crossover in target audiences. Even though Peter Parker's time at the top of the charts was brief, it's hard to spill any tears for Marvel. To date, Homecoming has made $208.2 million domestically.
In third is Despicable Me 3, which grossed $18.9 million. The latest from Illumination raised its Stateside total to $187.9 million.
The #4 film is Baby Driver. Edgar Wright's biggest commercial hit made $8.7 million in its third weekend, raising its domestic total to $73.1 million.
Rounding out the top five is The Big Sick, which expanded nationwide and earned $7.6 million. The rom-com received some of the best reviews of the summer and did very well in limited release, increasing demand to see it in more markets. With it coming to additional theaters, interested moviegoers supported it, as it served as an appealing counter-programming option from the traditional blockbuster fare. So far, the film has made $16 million in the U.S.
Superhero smash Wonder Woman comes in sixth with $6.8 million. Seven weeks into its domestic run, Patty Jenkins' blockbuster continues to draw in sizable crowds, holding better than any comic book film since 2002's Spider-Man. The DC Extended Universe entry has made $380.6 million so far Stateside, ranking as the third highest-grossing movie of the year so far. It's right on the heels of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, trailing the Marvel tentpole by just $6 million.
In seventh is the new horror film Wish Upon, which made $5.5 million in its first three days. A combination of poor reviews and limited awareness was a death blow for the project, as it struggled to make much of an impact against bigger competition. Even though it was efficiently produced for the small price tag of $12 million, it will be hard-pressed for Wish Upon to turn the kind of profit distributor Broad Green Pictures might have been hoping for (unless it plays very well internationally). Stateside, interest is low and will stay that way.
The #8 film is Pixar's Cars 3, which brought in $3.1 million in its fifth weekend. That raises the domestic total to $140 million.
In ninth is Transformers: The Last Knight with $2.7 million. The sequel is now up to $124.8 million Stateside.
Capping off the top 10 is The House, which made $1.7 million in its third weekend. The comedy raised its domestic total to $23.1 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, July 17 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo