It was always gonna be a big heavy weight duke out this week between the might for the final installment of the new Apes trilogy War for the Planet of the Apes (4,022 screens) and the reinvigorated Spider-Man: Homecoming. Well, after the battle for the box office it washes out with Apes reigning supreme. War for the Planet of the Apes opened to a very healthy $57.5m on a $14,296 screen average. The $150m budgeted production came in 20.8% behind series champion Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ $72.6m and a 9.75% behind the series average of $63.7m. Given the strength of Spider-Man: Homecoming and a very male centric field of action films in play, it’s still a very sturdy opening which positions the film in the $170-$180m range for a finish domestically and a global haul in the $530m range. The great asset the film has are the reviews, which are across the board steller holding a 94% fresh score on rotten tomatoes. The Academy desperately needs to recognise Andy Serkis’ flawless motion capture work here, it’s been a flat out incredible performance from the get go!
Spider-Man: Homecoming (4,348 screens) rationalises its audience after a huge opening, falling 60% from last frame, for a $47.4m With $210.4m domestically thus far it has already outgrossed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 domestically ($204m) with its aim squarely on The Amazing Spider-Man in the next week and a half ($262m). Slinging for a $310m-$320m finish, this will come in 4th in the Spidey heirarchy behind Raimi’s original trilogy. That will put the global cume at around $800m.
Despicable Me 3 (4,155 screens) drops 43% in weekend 3 for a $19.2m to bring the domestic pot to $188.1m. There’s no doubt about it, whilst still a strong result, it’s a disappointing one for this normally golden franchise. To put it in perspective, Despicable Me 2 was at $276m at the end of weekend 3, and this puppy has only Cars 3 (which was already spluttering when DM3 released) yet it is still 31.8% off the pace. There’s no doubt the more kid friendly Spider-Man: Homecoming would have its part to play, but really ordinary reviews and ho-hum word of mouth haven’t helped. $220m finish – which is still ACE but this should’ve pushed $300m in its sleep.
Baby Driver (3,043 screens) feels the breaks come on, slipping 33%, under the might of both War for the Planet of the Apes, weekend 2 of Spider-Man: Homecoming to come in with $8.7m on a $2,859 screen average. With $73.1m in the tank, the finish is looking mid to high $90ms. Still, on a budget of $37m, it’s a winner for Sony Pictures/ Working Title and talks for a sequel have already begun for the film which has just nudged $95m globally.
The Big Sick (2,957 screens) platforms nationally and takes in $7.4m on a soft $2,503 screen average. Proof in the pudding that this puppy would be working its butt off in highly metropolitan areas on the East and West Coasts, but everywhere else this would be tanking. Currently sitting on $15.8m, this should hit $25m before all is said and done. Too wide.
Wonder Woman (2,744 screens) takes $6.6m for its seventh weekend in the charts which pushes the total to $380.4m domestically and $760m globally. She’s pretty fabulous this Wonder Woman and the sequel is set during the Cold War.
Wish Upon (2,744 screens) opens to $5.6m on a disastrous $2,041 screen average. The $12m horror flick was absolutely slammed by critics that smited it with 20% rotten. This will be all over $10m. For us Aussies, I have three words for you – DIRECT. TO. VIDEO.
Cars 3 (2,049 screens) nudges just shy of $140m domestically ($139.7m) as it looks to hit the pits for $145m.
In Cinemas Friday 21 July, 2017 – Dunkirk, Girl’s Trip, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Figures from Deadline
1). War for the Planet of the Apes (FOX), 4,022 theaters / $22M Fri. (includes $5M previews) / 3-day cume: $57.5M /Wk 1
2). Spider-Man: Homecoming (SONY/MARVEL), 4,348 theaters / $13.8M Fri. (-73%) / 3-day cume: $47.4M (-60%)/Total: $210.4M/Wk 2
3). Despicable Me 3 (UNI/ILL), 4,155 theaters (-380) / $6.1M Fri. (-46%) / 3-day cume: $19.2M (-43%) /Total: $188.1M/ Wk 3
4). Baby Driver (SONY), 3,043 theaters (-183) / $2.6M Fri. (-34%)/ 3-day cume: $8.7M (-33%)/ Total cume: $73.1M / Wk 3
5.) The Big Sick (AMAZ/LGF), 2,597 theaters (+2,271) / $2.5M (+125%) / 3-day cume: $7.4M (+108%) /Total: $15.8M/Wk 4
6.) Wonder Woman (WB), 2,744 theaters (-347) / $2M Fri. (-33%)/ 3-day cume: $6.6M (-33%)/ Total: $380.4M / Wk 7
7). Wish Upon (BG), 2,250 theaters / $2.3M Fri. (includes $367k) / 3-day cume: $5.6M /Wk 1
8). Cars 3 (DIS), 2,049 theaters (-653) / $929 Fri. (-47%) / 3-day cume: $2.9M (-45%) / Total: $139.7M / Wk 4
9). Transformers: The Last Knight (PAR), 2,323 theaters (-918) / $778k Fri. (-58%)/ 3-day cume: $2.7M (-57%)/ Total cume: $124.8M / Wk 4
10). The House (WB), 1,633 theaters (-1501)/ $566k Fri. (-63%) / 3-day cume: $1.8M (-62%)/Total: $23.1M/ Wk 3
Jagga Jasoos (UTV), 250 theaters / $150K Fri./3-day cume: $414K /Wk 1
A Ghost Story (A24), 20 theaters (+16) / $50K Fri. (+15%) / PTA: $22,4K/3-day cume: $149K (+44%)/Total: $292K/Wk 2
Lady Macbeth (RSA), 5 theaters / $21K Fri./PTA: $13k/3-day cume: $65K /Wk 1
Blind (VENT), 13 theaters / $4K Fri./PTA: $981/3-day cume: $13K /Wk 1