Apes score a big box-of­fice vic­tory

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Mon­key busi­ness still pays. 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 (U.S.) in ticket sales.

Spi­der-Man dropped to se­cond with $45.2 mil­lion af­ter its $117-mil­lion de­but last weekend. But di­rec­tor Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes pulled away thanks to strong re­views for the third in­stal­ment of the re­booted Apes fran­chise.

Uni­ver­sal’s fam­ily se­quel De­spi­ca­ble Me 3 pulled in $18.9 mil­lion in its third week, bring­ing its cu­mu­la­tive to­tal to $188 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally. Sony’s Edgar Wright ac­tion-comedy Baby Driver fol­lowed be­hind with $8.8 mil­lion; its three-week gross is $73.2 mil­lion.

The weekend’s other most no­table new en­trant was Ku­mail Nan­jiani’s ac­claimed ro­man­tic comedy The Big Sick, which ex­panded to about 2,600 theatres af­ter three weeks of lim­ited re­lease. The film, pro­duced by Judd Apa­tow, made $7.6 mil­lion — a rare suc­cess for a comedy in a sum­mer full of dis­ap­point­ment.

Es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at U.S. and Cana­dian theatres, ac­cord­ing to comS­core. Where avail­able, the lat­est in­ter­na­tional num­bers also are in­cluded. Fi­nal do­mes­tic fig­ures will be re­leased Mon­day.

1. War for the Planet of the Apes, $56.5 mil­lion ($46 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional).

2. Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing, $ 45.2 mil­lion ($72.3 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional).

3. De­spi­ca­ble Me 3, $18.9 mil­lion ($71 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional).

4. Baby Driver, $8.8 mil­lion ($6.2 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). 5. The Big Sick, $7.6 mil­lion. 6. Won­der Woman, $6.9 mil­lion ($3.3 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). 7. Wish Upon, $5.6 mil­lion. 8. Cars 3, $3.2 mil­lion ($20.1mil­lion in­ter­na­tional).

9. Trans­form­ers: The Last Knight, $2.8 mil­lion ($6.7 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional).

10. The House, $1.8 mil­lion.

TWENTIETH CEN­TURY FOX VIA THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

War for the Planet of the Apes opened at an es­ti­mated $56.5 mil­lion (U.S.) at the North Amer­i­can box of­fice.

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