War for the Planet of the Apes scored an estimated $56.5 million from its debut on 4,022 screens.
Fox and Chernin Entertainment's latest Apes movie is coming in on the low end of expectations with US$56.5 million (RM242.442 million) from 4,022 locations. 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes appeared with $54.8 million, while 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening day collection was $72.6 million at USA box office.
This is good, but not great, news for the "Apes" franchise, as "War" marks its second-biggest opening weekend, compared to 2011′s "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" ($54.8 million) and 2014′s "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".
The film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director helmer Matt Reeves delivers the third and last film in the rebooted "Apes" establishment- all delivered by Chernin Entertainment.
Woody Harrelson, in human form, joins the franchise as the villain, while Steve Zahn, as a chimp, offers comic relief. "This movie is going to play the rest of the summer and have a huge multiple", Fox domestic distribution president Chris Aronson tells THR.
Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming, after a pretty fantastic opening weekend last week, fell 61% to the number two spot with $45.2 million. The PG-13 horror film opened below the high single digits that the studio was hoping for, let down by a poor marketing campaign that did nothing to distinguish it and poor reviews at just 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Next week will see Dunkirk likely claim the crown, as Christopher Nolan's World War II drama targets a $55 million-plus debut. The weekend's other wide release, Wish Upon, couldn't muster double digits in its first three days in release. Those who did venture out gave the film a dismal "C" rating on CinemaScore.
And Sony's Baby Driver stays in the conversation with a strong 32 per cent hold that should land it in fourth. Kumail Nanjiani's romantic comedy The Big Sick was another impressive story this weekend, pulling in $7.7 million in its first weekend nationwide after a multiple-week limited run.
Of course, none of this is to say that Homecoming's not a big hit (oh, it is) or that War Apes is the better film (apples and oranges). The other movie to keep an eye on next week is GIRLS TRIP. Dropping 44% in attendance, it collected $18.9 million and finished in third place.