'War for the Planet of the Apes' roars past 'Spider-Man'

“Apes” overthrowing “Spider-Man” at Box Office

The Big Sick is directed by Michael Showalter, from a screenplay by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

Keep reading to see how the top films stack up at the box office this week. The studio themselves saw War opening in the $55 million range so this is in line for their hopes. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.

The latest "Apes" movie is the third in a series that started in 2011 with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and is the ninth going back to the original featuring Charlton Heston in 1968.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $157.2M which was up 4% from a year ago when The Secret Life of Pets stayed at number one with $50.8M; but down 12% from 2015 when Ant-Man debuted in the top spot with $57.2M.

Slipping from first to second place was the summer's latest super hero tentpole Spider-Man: Homecoming which declined by 61% in its sophomore session to an estimated $45.2M. After only ten days, Homecoming has already made more than the entire domestic run of 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The arrival of War for the Planet of the Apes may have also been a contributing factor into the hefty decrease. Spider-Man: Homecoming has yet to release in Belgium, Spain, Japan, and China. Off 43%, the cartoon has scored $188.1 million after three weeks and is on course to finishing around the $225 million mark. The film is doing good thus far, sitting at $16 million domestically and $16.1 million worldwide. The local total there has climbed to $42.2 million. Baby Driver is impressing overseas, earning $23.1-M to date from 19 markets for $96.2-M globally.

The film benefited from having little competition in its opening weekend in what typically is a crowded time for new releases.

Apes ruled the box office this weekend, if not quite as strongly as some expected. The film should pass Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two this upcoming week to become the summer's biggest hit.

The #8 film is Pixar's Cars 3, which brought in $3.1 million in its fifth weekend. Estimations for the new film were projected to be about $10 million higher than reported, but this weekend's earnings were more than respectable. With that rating and a C CinemaScore, that's not likely.

You can view this weekend's full box office results below.

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