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Hollywood remakes 'Apes,' 'Spider-Man,' 'Despicable' lead box office sales

17 July 2017, 04:13 | Erma Lawrence

Box Office: Day wise India collection break up of War For The Planet Of The Apes

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

The third film falls a bit shy of its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which grossed an estimated $72.6 million in its opening weekend back in 2014, but still not too shabby in a summer full of pretty big blockbusters.

The franchise depicts the evolution of special effects in microcosm, beginning in 1968 with lots of muffled voices beneath masks (wonderfully retro!) and continuing today with digital motion-capture technology (brilliantly modern!). However, the movie faced stiff competition from fellow franchise tentpole Spider-Man: Homecoming (more on this in a minute), so the dip between installments is understandable.

Nevertheless, Apes is on its way to become a success for Fox.

Actress Amiah Miller is seen on the red carpet at a screening of "War for the Planet of the Apes" in Manhattan, New York, July 10, 2017. That means the third film should open even bigger, right? Possibly a domestic weekend that hammers a year ago when the Ghostbusters reboot flopped, and one that sets a new tone for the last month and a half of summer earnings. Worldwide, the movie has brought in $102 million and has taken the throne, this weekend, which was previously held by "Spider-Man: Homecoming'". It earned a 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The problem is, Apes was going to have an opening weekend more like the original and a budget more like the sequel.

War is now boasting a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 88 percent audience score. Domestically it should make it over $90 million, with $100 million not impossible.

"Despicable Me 3" was on track to add $18.9 million to its total this weekend, and will have a three-week running total of $188 million by Sunday evening. The local total there has climbed to $42.2 million. Sony's Baby Driver eased only 33% in its third lap for an estimated $8.8M pushing the cume to $73.2M. Forecasts for domestic weekend sales ranged from $54 million at to $70 million at Box Office Mojo.

Summer, rarely a critics' paradise, is suddenly flush with good movies. However, both films triumphed overseas with Rise earning $305 million, and Dawn bringing in an impressive $502 million.

Superhero smash Wonder Woman comes in sixth with $6.8 million. In terms of actual earnings, the Tom Holland-led movie seems to be following the 2004's Spider-Man 2, which also earned $45.2 million in its second week out.

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