You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: ‘Apes’ to Outmaneuver ‘Spider-Man’ on Friday, but Weekend Battle Is Tight

War for the Planet of the Apes” may pit primates against their evil human counterparts, but the monkeys should probably focus their attention on one superpowered man in particular: Spider-Man. Despite being in its second frame, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is giving new entry “Apes” quite the battle when it comes to winning this weekend’s box office.

“War” put up a valiant fight on Thursday night, taking in $5 million at 3,251 North American locations. The third film in Fox’s “Planet of the Apes” reboot is on track to win Friday with a total of $20 million, previews included. That number will translate to an estimated opening weekend of around $52 million, putting it on par with 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes'” $54.8 million debut, but noticeably behind 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'” $72.6 million domestic launch.

Unfortunately for Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, and the rest of their shrewdness, Tom Holland could still swing his way to a second straight win. After slinging a $117 million opening last weekend, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” could net anywhere between $50 and $60 million by end of day Sunday, opening the race for the top spot. The first film in Marvel-Sony’s Spidey reboot will see about $19 million from 4,348 theaters on Friday — meaning it may lose tonight’s battle, but could ultimately still win this weekend’s war.

“Despicable Me 3” completes the franchise trifecta at No. 3. The Universal-Illumination animated threequel is looking to pull off a $19 million heist in its third week following a $6 million haul from 4,155 marks on Friday.

Outside the land of reboots, sequels, and remakes, “Baby Driver” and “The Big Sick” are battling it out for fourth place. While Lionsgate is expanding Amazon Studios’ romantic comedy from Kumail Nanjiani to 2,597 sites from just 326 locations, it is expected to just barely lose out to Working Title, Big Talk, TriStar, and Sony’s “Baby Driver.” Both films are set to add another $8 million to their domestic cumes this weekend — bringing “Baby Driver” to $72.5 million in three weeks and doubling “The Big Sick” to $16 million in four frames — but be prepared for another possible upset.

On the outskirts of the top 5, “Wish Upon” from Broad Green is not living up to horror fans’ wishes. The Joey King and Ryan Phillippe horror IP is expected to earn just $2 million per night this weekend, giving it a less-than-prime $6 million debut.

War for the Planet of the Apes” has received a strong 94% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to “Spider-Man: Homecoming’s” 93%, meaning this box office battle truly is neck-and-neck.

More Film

  • Photograph by Svetlana Cvetko

    Blitz Films' Eryl Cochran Talks About Indie Film in Challenging Market

    Eryl Cochran heads production & development at production and financing shingle Blitz Films, where she works alongside company founders, filmmakers Nikolay and Sergey Sarkisov. Blitz, launched in 2018, is carving out a niche in the indie world with an eye for emerging talent. Blitz’s slate includes “Show Me What You Got,” directed by cinematographer Svetlana [...]

  • Echo in the Canyon review

    Film Review: ‘Echo in the Canyon’

    Arguably the most sturdily crafted and entertainingly anecdotal documentary of its kind since Denny Tedesco’s “The Wrecking Crew,” a similarly nostalgic celebration of artists who generously contributed to the soundtrack of the baby boomer generation, Andrew Slater’s “Echo in the Canyon” offers a richly evocative and star-studded overview of the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene. [...]

  • Alain Berliner To Direct Cannes-Set ‘Second

    ‘Ma Vie en Rose’s’ Alain Berliner Directs Star Cast in ‘Second to Nun’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Page Three Media and Artemis Productions, which backed “The Danish Girl,” announced in Cannes “Second to Nun,” a new feature from Golden Globe winning director Alain Berliner. Berliner’s decades-ahead-of-its-time “Ma Vie en Rose,” the tale of a young transgender girl with dreams of growing into a mature woman and marrying the boy next door, was [...]

  • Artist Andrew Levitas Tackles Corporate Greed

    Artist Andrew Levitas Tackles Corporate Greed in Johnny Depp Starring 'Minamata'

    Andrew Levitas has carved out a unique place in the art world, having used his considerable skills across multiple creative platforms. A filmmaker, painter, sculptor, producer, writer, actor and photographer, Levitas is also the founder of Metalwork Pictures, a media production company that develops and produces original content, including his 2014 directorial debut, “Lullaby,” as [...]

  • Oliver Laxe

    Cannes: ‘Fire Will Come’s’ Oliver Laxe on Classicism, Avant-Guard, Egos

    CANNES  —    Spain’s Oliver Laxe returns to Cannes for the third time with“Fire Will Come” (O Que Arde), competing in Un Certain Regard— the first time a Galician-language film is selected for Cannes. He has pedigree. His first time round, in 2010, Laxe snagged a Fipresci nod for his Directors’ Fortnight title “You All [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content