'Apes' swings to top of US box of­fice

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

"War for the Planet of the Apes" won this week­end's bat­tle of the box of­fice in North Amer­ica, rid­ing on strong re­views and ever more nat­u­ral-look­ing apes to take $56.3 mil­lion. 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 $44.2 mil­lion, web­site Ex­hibitor Re­la­tions re­ported. "War," di­rected by Matt Reeves, tells the con­tin­u­ing story of how in­tel­li­gent pri­mate Cae­sar (Andy Serkis) and other apes bat­tle the forces led by an evil hu­man dic­ta­tor (Woody Har­rel­son). The film, made for $150 mil­lion, has a 95 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing on the Rot­ten Toma­toes web­site, which col­lates re­views.

Sony-Marvel col­lab­o­ra­tion "Spi­der-Man," which draws a sim­i­larly strong 92 per­cent on Rot­ten Toma­toes, stars Tom Hol­land as a young Peter Parker, ably men­tored by Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man as he takes on bad guy Vul­ture (Michael Keaton). Far be­hind on $19.4 mil­lion was Univer­sal's an­i­mated se­quel "De­spi­ca­ble Me 3," star­ring Steve Carell as the voice of bad guy-turned-pro­tag­o­nist Gru-and his twin brother Dru, and Kris­ten Wiig as Gru's wife Lucy. The film has done much bet­ter over­seas than at home, ac­cord­ing to Hol­ly­wood Re­porter, which says its global gross of $519.4 mil­lion in­cludes a whop­ping $113.6 mil­lion from view­ers in China.

Plac­ing fourth was Sony's heist thriller "Baby Driver," with Ansel El­gort ("The Fault in our Stars") front and cen­ter as a gifted get­away driver with a hear­ing prob­lem. It net­ted $8.7 mil­lion. And in a sur­pris­ing fifth place among the big-stu­dio block­busters was in­de­pen­dent rom-com "The Big Sick" from Lion­s­gate, tak­ing in $7.5 mil­lion in its first week in wide re­lease. "Sick" stars Ku­mail Nan­jiani in the semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal role of a Pak­istani-Amer­i­can standup comic who re­sists his par­ents' in­sis­tent ef­forts to find a wife for him, and in­stead falls in love with com­edy-club cus­tomer Emily, played by Zoe Kazan. The film, co-writ­ten by Nan­jiani and the real-life Emily, his wife, rates a re­sound­ing 97 per­cent on Rot­ten Toma­toes and is cred­ited by the New York Times with no less than "re­vi­tal­iz­ing an of­ten mori­bund sub­genre with a true story of love, death and... ev­ery­day com­edy."

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