‘Apes’ stomp on ‘Spi­der’

New York Post - - NEWS -

“War for the Planet of the Apes” took down “Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing” at the North Amer­i­can box of­fice, open­ing with an es­ti­mated $56.5 mil­lion in ticket sales.

Al­though some ini­tially ex­pected a closer race, “Spi­der-Man” dropped to se­cond with $45.2 mil­lion af­ter its $117 mil­lion de­but last weekend.

And di­rec­tor Matt Reeves’ “War for the Planet of the Apes” pulled away thanks to strong re­views for the third en­try of the re­booted fran­chise.

Uni­ver­sal’s fam­ily se­quel “De­spi­ca­ble Me 3” pulled in $18.9 mil­lion in its third week for third place, bring­ing its cu­mu­la­tive to­tal to $188 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally. Sony’s ac­tion comedy “Baby Driver” fol­lowed with $8.8 mil­lion in fourth, with a three­week gross of $73.2 mil­lion. “The Big Sick” took fifth, with $7.6 mil­lion.

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