The strong acclaim for both "War" and "Homecoming" should help the films keep a steady audience at the box office as the summer movie season winds down in the coming weeks. This third entry in the Planet of the Apes trilogy that began with a reboot of Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011 is the kind of dramatic epic most blockbusters don't even dare try to be, and the fact that most of its characters are nonverbal apes makes it all the better. The film has totaled $124.9 million domestic, with a likely final number in the states of $$135 million. Michael Giacchino really hits it out the park here with a score that builds on everything he did well in the previous picture and takes it to another level entirely (in that way it mirrors Matt Reeves' movie as it happens).
Spider Man: Homecoming, meanwhile, is landing in second with about US$45.2 million. Critics were equally as generous, with the third Apes movie now sitting at 95% fresh (189 fresh, 11 rotten) on Rotten Tomatoes.
But let's put things in perspective here: "Homecoming" boasts the second-best domestic debut in the "Spider-Man" saga and Sony's second-best debut, period. That is a higher drop than most of Marvel's recent films; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 fell 56%, while Doctor Strange fell 50%. The Homecoming fall was also in line with the 60% of last year's Captain America: Civil War which introduced Tom Holland as the new Peter Parker and did not face any major competition from new releases.
Another sequel suffering the summer box office blahs is Universal's Despicable Me 3, which landed in third with an estimated $18.9 million from 4,155 theaters. Overseas, the film continues to pick up the domestic slack. Its ten-day total climbed to $208.2 million. The film has $188 million domestically and $619.4 million worldwide. Baby Driver is impressing overseas, earning $23.1-M to date from 19 markets for $96.2-M globally. The box office for Michael Showalter feature now stands at $16 million. It stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher. Off only 33%, Wonder Woman has earned a spectacular $380 million so far.
In seventh is the new horror film Wish Upon, which made $5.5 million in its first three days. Those who did venture out gave the film a dismal "C" rating on CinemaScore.
WHAT DID YOU SEE at the movies this weekend?
2017 has been another odd year for returning franchises at the USA box office.