Weekend Actuals: ‘War For the Planet of the Apes’ Biggest Movie in U.S. (But Not the ‘Planet’) w/ $56.2M

Monday Update: Audiences went ape this weekend, bringing Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes to a first place debut with a $56.52million. A neck-and-neck race was predicted for the top spot between War and last weekend’s leader Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the latter fell further than expected to $44.2 million, allowing War a decent lead.

The full table of box office weekend actuals is at bottom, after the Sunday update featuring fuller numbers and analysis.


Sunday Update: Audiences went ape this weekend, bringing Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes to a first place debut with an estimated $56.5 million. A neck-and-neck race was predicted for the top spot between War and last weekend’s leader Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the latter fell further than expected, allowing War a decent lead.

The third and final installment in the rebooted Apes trilogy, starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson, War starts 22.1 percent behind the second installment Dawn. In pure dollars it starts 3.0 percent ahead of the first installment Rise, but that film was released in 2011 — adjusted for ticket price inflation, War starts 7.4 percent behind Rise instead.

Still, War should be considered a decent if not overwhelming success for Fox, which had earned the top grosser in only one of the previous 15 weekends. The film was boosted by its great word of mouth, led by a 95 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes — better than the two previous installments’ 81 and 90 percent ratings respectively.

[Read our interview with War For the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves here.]

Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming fell further than expected in its second weekend, dropping 61.3 percent to an estimated $45.2 million. That’s a noticeably steeper second-weekend drop than other superhero films this year: -55.5 percent for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, -43.3 percent for Wonder Woman, or -56.9 percent for Logan.

On Sunday, Homecoming overtook the total gross of 2014’s previous franchise installment The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and appears likely to overtake 2011’s The Amazing Spider-Man by the end of the month unless it drops off particularly fast. (Overtaking the cumulative gross for any of the three original Spider-Man installments starring Tobey Maguire will be much more difficult.)

[Read our interview with Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters Writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley here.]

With a “healthy” start in fifth place was The Big Sick, from Lionsgate and Amazon Studios, making an estimated $7.6 million. Expanding into wide release on its third weekend after two frames in limited release, the romantic comedy-drama starring Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon has now earned $16.0 million.

With a terrific 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is perhaps the first release of the year to earn possible Best Picture buzz, albeit  as a dark-horse candidate. That counter-programming likely attracted some adult audiences who otherwise wouldn’t be as interested in any other movies currently playing during the summer blockbuster season.

Broad Green Pictures’ Wish Upon made a “wish” and earned a seventh place debut of $5.5 million. The low-budget fantasy horror thriller wasn’t expected to crack the top five, and its opening was about in line with the other three wide-release openings from Broad Green Pictures since the studio began in 2015.

Elsewhere at the box office, Universal’s Despicable Me 3 took third place with a 43.7 percent decline to $18.9 million. It’s now pacing 28.3 and 31.8 percent behind Minions and Despicable Me 2 through the same point in release. Sony and TriStar’s Baby Driver took fourth place, declining a respectable 32.7 percent to $8.7 million.

The top 10 films this weekend earned an estimated $157.2 million total. That’s 20.7 percent behind the $198.3 million earned by the top 10 last weekend. It’s also 23.6 percent percent below the $205.9 million earned by the top 10 on this weekend last year, when The Secret Life of Pets led with $104.3 million.

Overseas Update:

Spider-Man: Homecoming — and not War — was the biggest movie on the “planet” this weekend with a $117.5 million global weekend. After earning the #31-highest global weekend of all time last frame, Homecoming made $72.3 million overseas this time, a 48.4 percent decline. The film has now earned $261.1 million overseas and $469.3 million globally.

Despicable Me 3 earned $71.0 million overseas, down 48.1 percent. Following last weekend’s record-breaking start in China, it was the second-place film there this frame, after a local title. The film has earned $113.6 million in China to date, as part of a $434.1 million overseas and $619.4 million global total.

War For the Planet of the Apes started with $46.0 million overseas, for a $102.5 million global opening weekend. The film only opened in two of the top 10 international markets, meaning that future territories such as China and others will help the film out quite a bit internationally as the summer goes along.


Weekend Actuals for Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 War for the Planet of the Apes $56,262,929 4,022 $13,989 $56,262,929 1 Fox
2 Spider-Man: Homecoming $44,205,210 -62% 4,348 0 $10,167 $207,275,524 2 Sony / Columbia
3 Despicable Me 3 $19,357,565 -42% 4,155 -380 $4,659 $188,399,715 3 Universal
4 Baby Driver $8,714,045 -33% 3,043 -183 $2,864 $73,115,902 3 Sony / TriStar
5 The Big Sick $7,529,590 111% 2,597 2271 $2,899 $15,966,414 4 Lionsgate
6 Wonder Woman $6,802,386 -31% 2,744 -347 $2,479 $380,603,464 7 Warner Bros.
7 Wish Upon $5,467,084 2,250 $2,430 $5,467,084 1 Broad Green Pictures
8 Cars 3 $3,119,815 -42% 2,049 -653 $1,523 $139,984,315 5 Disney
9 Transformers: The Last Knight $2,843,587 -55% 2,323 -918 $1,224 $124,952,206 4 Paramount
10 The House (2017) $1,732,777 -64% 1,633 -1501 $1,061 $23,067,335 3 Warner Bros. / New Line
11 47 Meters Down $1,139,580 -58% 1,032 -709 $1,104 $41,136,686 5 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Beguiled $921,645 -55% 726 -215 $1,269 $9,394,214 4 Focus Features
2 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $509,535 -41% 399 -261 $1,277 $386,571,925 11 Disney
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $496,332 -58% 448 -591 $1,108 $170,047,218 8 Disney
4 Jagga Jasoos $490,232 210 $2,334 $490,232 1 UTV Communications
5 The Mummy $362,190 -69% 401 -644 $903 $78,986,220 6 Universal
6 Captain Underpants $331,738 0% 277 -130 $1,198 $71,163,113 7 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7 The Hero $326,637 -44% 315 -132 $1,037 $3,384,747 6 The Orchard
8 The Little Hours $292,010 51% 105 78 $2,781 $663,232 3 Gunpowder & Sky
9 Beatriz at Dinner $224,788 -57% 205 -214 $1,097 $6,457,860 6 Roadside Attractions
10 Paris Can Wait $150,595 0% 177 46 $851 $5,300,675 10 Sony Pictures Classics
11 All Eyez On Me $143,530 -76% 195 -404 $736 $44,724,803 5 Lionsgate / Summit
12 The Boss Baby $140,315 -27% 170 -25 $825 $174,204,787 16 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13 Baywatch $123,377 -33% 156 -37 $791 $57,841,348 8 Paramount
14 Megan Leavey $103,198 -57% 162 -92 $637 $12,705,458 6 Bleeker Street
15 Rough Night $93,775 -67% 123 -228 $762 $21,781,082 5 Sony
16 Alien: Covenant $79,953 -7% 104 -28 $769 $73,975,898 9 Fox
17 Everything, Everything $75,906 -24% 131 -10 $579 $34,000,284 9 Warner Bros.
18 King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword $56,084 -38% 121 -34 $464 $39,141,376 10 Warner Bros.

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Maudie $246,401 34% 99 41 $2,489 $3,540,083 5 Sony Pictures Classics
2 A Ghost Story $135,431 30% 20 16 $6,772 $277,737 2 A24
3 Lost in Paris $80,298 196% 40 32 $2,007 $139,357 5 Oscilloscope Laboratories
4 Lady Macbeth $64,537 5 $12,907 $64,537 1 Roadside Attractions
5 The Exception $62,084 -4% 44 -4 $1,411 $606,989 7 A24
6 The Women’s Balcony $48,306 -7% 22 -2 $2,196 $919,650 20 Menemsha Films
7 It Comes At Night $28,647 -54% 57 -33 $503 $13,778,238 6 A24
8 Smurfs: The Lost Village $24,068 -28% 49 -21 $491 $44,949,021 15 Sony / Columbia
9 City of Ghosts $23,188 70% 11 9 $2,108 $43,061 2 IFC Films / Amazon
10 Gifted $21,894 -25% 35 -8 $626 $24,702,994 15 Fox Searchlight
11 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul $21,657 -38% 68 -23 $318 $20,638,993 9 20th Century Fox
12 Love, Kennedy $20,101 205% 13 7 $1,546 $272,292 7 Purdie Distribution
13 Letters from Baghdad $20,076 -12% 18 1 $1,115 $254,370 7 Vitagraph Films
14 Our Time Will Come $20,020 -60% 16 -2 $1,251 $96,552 2 China Lion
15 The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography $18,416 49% 15 7 $1,228 $65,590 3 Neon
16 Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge $14,773 7% 9 5 $1,641 $73,297 3 Society Films
17 The Journey $14,228 -13% 26 5 $547 $112,360 5 IFC Films
18 Snatched $13,692 -52% 32 -35 $428 $45,825,314 10 Fox
19 Blind $12,522 14 $894 $12,522 1 Vertical Entertainment
20 Moka $10,811 -9% 18 4 $601 $89,351 5 Film Movement
21 My Cousin Rachel $10,429 -52% 22 -15 $474 $2,676,077 6 Fox Searchlight
22 Churchill $10,264 -31% 13 -5 $790 $1,244,798 7 Cohen Media Group
23 13 Minutes $10,116 -36% 9 0 $1,124 $56,242 3 Sony Pictures Classics
24 The Lost City of Z $7,889 -57% 20 -18 $394 $8,574,339 14 Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
25 False Confessions $7,361 2 $3,681 $7,361 1 Big World Pictures
26 Hare Krishna! $6,614 15% 4 3 $1,654 $57,751 5 Abramorama
27 The Wrong Light $5,429 1 $5,429 $5,429 1 Cinema Guild
28 L’Important C’est D’Aimer (2017 re-release) $5,370 1 $5,370 $5,370 1 Rialto Pictures
29 Pop Aye $5,180 -37% 5 2 $1,036 $32,756 3 Kino Lorber
30 I Am The Blues $5,105 4 $1,276 $6,530 1 Film Movement
31 Hidden Figures $5,002 -22% 17 -1 $294 $169,368,525 30 Fox
32 Manifesto $4,439 -19% 3 -4 $1,480 $143,656 10 FilmRise
33 KEDi $4,241 -27% 5 -2 $848 $2,787,711 23 Oscilloscope Laboratories
34 The Wedding Plan $3,980 -59% 9 -3 $442 $1,398,498 10 Roadside Attractions
35 Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer $3,821 -62% 16 -14 $239 $3,810,812 14 Sony Pictures Classics
36 Dawson City: Frozen Time $3,820 -10% 5 1 $764 $75,417 6 Kino Lorber Films
37 Stalker $3,299 -67% 2 -2 $1,650 $234,723 11 Janus
38 The Ornithologist $3,185 -58% 5 -1 $637 $40,110 4 Strand Releasing
39 Birthright: A War Story $3,006 1 $3,006 $3,006 1 Abramorama
40 My Journey Through French Cinema $2,981 -55% 3 -1 $994 $43,742 4 Cohen Media Group
41 Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan $2,238 152% 4 2 $560 $134,717 8 Abramorama
42 Le Trou $1,760 -18% 1 0 $1,760 $20,872 3 Rialto Pictures
43 Hermia & Helena $1,728 276% 3 1 $576 $37,677 8 Kino Lorber
44 Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary $1,723 -60% 2 0 $862 $386,198 14 Abramorama
45 Reset (Ni Shi Ying Jiu) $1,610 -84% 1 -6 $1,610 $107,719 3 Well Go USA
46 I, Daniel Blake $1,578 -19% 6 -2 $263 $258,168 7 IFC Films
47 The Bad Batch $1,572 -84% 5 -20 $314 $177,680 4 Neon
48 Slack Bay $1,563 -29% 2 0 $782 $62,159 13 Kino Lorber Films
49 Abacus: Small Enough to Jail $1,453 2 $727 $104,621 9 PBS Distribution
50 Wakefield $1,439 44% 4 1 $360 $259,412 9 IFC Films
51 The Lovers $1,375 -61% 5 -1 $275 $2,194,521 11 A24
52 Obit. $1,252 160% 4 1 $313 $304,191 12 Kino Lorber
53 Band Aid $1,102 -83% 5 -9 $220 $237,535 7 IFC Films
54 Harmonium $669 -72% 3 -1 $223 $14,876 5 Film Movement
55 Radio Dreams $648 -23% 4 0 $162 $24,356 9 Matson Films
56 The Skyjacker’s Tale $494 145% 2 1 $247 $2,418 3 Strand Releasing
57 Glory $470 1 $470 $18,415 14 Film Movement
58 The Transfiguration $131 1538% 5 4 $26 $21,464 15 Strand Releasing
59 A Woman’s Life $113 2 $57 $37,062 11 Kino Lorber Films
60 Like Crazy $112 -81% 1 -2 $112 $106,547 11 Strand Releasing

Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 War for the Planet of the Apes $56,500,000 4,022 $14,048 $56,500,000 1 Fox
2 Spider-Man: Homecoming $45,200,000 -61% 4,348 0 $10,396 $208,270,314 2 Sony / Columbia
3 Despicable Me 3 $18,947,840 -44% 4,155 -380 $4,560 $187,989,990 3 Universal
4 Baby Driver $8,750,000 -33% 3,043 -183 $2,875 $73,151,857 3 Sony / TriStar
5 The Big Sick $7,600,000 112% 2,597 2271 $2,926 $16,036,824 4 Lionsgate
6 Wonder Woman $6,885,000 -30% 2,744 -347 $2,509 $380,686,078 7 Warner Bros.
7 Wish Upon $5,586,748 2,250 $2,483 $5,586,748 1 Broad Green Pictures
8 Cars 3 $3,167,000 -41% 2,049 -653 $1,546 $140,031,500 5 Disney
9 Transformers: The Last Knight $2,780,000 -56% 2,323 -918 $1,197 $124,888,619 4 Paramount
10 The House (2017) $1,795,000 -62% 1,633 -1501 $1,099 $23,129,558 3 Warner Bros. / New Line
11 47 Meters Down $1,210,000 -55% 1,032 -709 $1,172 $41,207,106 5 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Beguiled $934,645 -55% 726 -215 $1,287 $9,407,214 4 Focus Features
2 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $512,000 -40% 399 -261 $1,283 $386,574,390 11 Disney
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $494,000 -58% 448 -591 $1,103 $170,044,886 8 Disney
4 The Hero $343,197 -41% 315 -132 $1,090 $3,401,307 6 The Orchard
5 Captain Underpants $340,000 2% 277 -130 $1,227 $71,171,375 7 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6 The Mummy $327,370 -72% 401 -644 $816 $78,951,400 6 Universal
7 The Little Hours $318,510 65% 105 78 $3,033 $689,732 3 Gunpowder & Sky
8 Beatriz at Dinner $222,720 -57% 205 -214 $1,086 $6,455,808 6 Roadside Attractions
9 Paris Can Wait $153,580 2% 177 46 $868 $5,303,660 10 Sony Pictures Classics
10 All Eyez On Me $147,000 -76% 195 -404 $754 $44,728,273 5 Lionsgate / Summit
11 The Boss Baby $142,000 -26% 170 -25 $835 $174,206,472 16 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12 Baywatch $118,000 -36% 156 -37 $756 $57,835,971 8 Paramount
13 Megan Leavey $99,510 -58% 162 -92 $614 $12,701,770 6 Bleeker Street

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Maudie $252,836 37% 99 41 $2,554 $3,546,518 5 Sony Pictures Classics
2 A Ghost Story $146,445 41% 20 16 $7,322 $288,751 2 A24
3 Lost in Paris $79,000 191% 38 30 $2,079 $138,059 5 Oscilloscope Laboratories
4 Lady Macbeth $68,813 5 $13,763 $68,813 1 Roadside Attractions
5 The Exception $67,804 5% 44 -4 $1,541 $612,709 7 A24
6 It Comes At Night $31,572 -49% 57 -33 $554 $13,781,163 6 A24
7 Endless Poetry $28,000 2 $14,000 $28,000 1 abkco Films
8 City of Ghosts $26,246 93% 11 9 $2,386 $48,501 2 IFC Films / Amazon
9 Love, Kennedy $24,476 271% 13 7 $1,883 $276,667 7 Purdie Distribution
10 Our Time Will Come $18,000 -64% 16 -2 $1,125 $94,522 2 China Lion
11 Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge $12,848 -7% 9 5 $1,428 $71,372 3 Society Films
12 Blind (2017) $11,700 14 $836 $11,700 1 Vertical Entertainment
13 Churchill $10,871 -27% 14 -4 $777 $1,243,746 7 Cohen Media Group
14 13 Minutes $10,635 -33% 9 0 $1,182 $56,761 3 Sony Pictures Classics
15 False Confessions $7,670 2 $3,835 $7,670 1 Big World Pictures
16 Footnotes $5,900 1 $5,900 $5,900 1 Monument Releasing
17 Manifesto $5,000 -9% 3 -4 $1,667 $144,217 10 FilmRise
18 My Journey Through French Cinema $3,237 -52% 3 -1 $1,079 $43,999 4 Cohen Media Group
19 The Bad Batch $1,466 -85% 5 -20 $293 $177,574 4 Neon
Jesse Rifkin

11 Comments

  1. Avatar
    DangerS July 16, 2017

    This movie deserves a lot more money but apparently moviegoers have given up. Let’s hope Dunkirk makes some money.

    Reply
  2. Avatar
    A.A. Roi July 16, 2017

    Just goes to show that praise inflation (just like any other kind of inflation) is kind of problematic.

    Reply
    • Avatar
      Austin July 16, 2017

      How so?
      From the intel I’ve gathered in light of my overestimation for the performance of War for the Planet of the Apes, there are a few factors that contributed to its underperformance. Of course, a crowded July slate can take part of the blame as well as franchise fatigue, but Deadline reports that there was actually some confusion about the type of film War for the Planet of the Apes was. If it was the third in a franchise, it looked more like a contemporary western than a Hollywood blockbuster. This pretty much boils down to another type of bad marketing because people have their expectations for what a film like War for the Planet of the Apes should be like outside of just having good reviews. There’s hope that Apes could find good holds, but it’ll have to survive Dunkirk first unless Dunkirk doesn’t get good reviews (a practically impossible scenario).
      Another film I was wrong about was Spider-Man, which plummeted more than any superhero film in the past year in its second week. Tumbling 61%, it proved that the people who showed up for Spider-Man were the fans, and perhaps casual audiences didn’t gravitate toward the film because of the reviews. Rather, those audiences suffered from superhero fatigue or didn’t want a movie looking like another typical Spider-Man movie and were hoping to find something different.

      Reply
  3. Avatar
    Red_Kal July 16, 2017

    Hopefully Apes can not fall off of a cliff next week. It truly deserves to be a huge success. but it’s a crowded marketplace that will only get more crowded next week with Dunkirk and Valerian. Looking back at Dawn and Rise, they had little competition.

    Also, another 30% hold for Wonder Woman. Just incredible. It’ll overtake Guardians 2 this time next week.

    Reply
  4. Avatar
    J July 16, 2017

    That’s a little disheartening for the Apes. I think 2017 has just been a crowded year for movies, especially in the summer. Week after week there’s been huge blockbusters and while a few have breaken out(mostly just Wonder Woman) the rest have been drowned by competition. Here’s a list of underperforming summer movies: Pirates 5, Baywatch, Alien Covenant, Captain Underpants, The Mummy, Cars 3, Transformers 5, War for the Planet of the Apes, Despicable Me 3. They all came in below comparable titles.

    Reply
    • Avatar
      Austin July 16, 2017

      The interesting note to add on top of all this is how much more successful March is considered now compared to any summer month.

      Reply
      • Avatar
        J July 17, 2017

        True, but March was a crowded month this year too and had it not been, Kong Skull Island might have had better holds.

        Reply
    • Avatar
      DangerS July 17, 2017

      At least this Summer isn’t filled with surprise-bombs as last year. We all knew The Mummy would be a doa in USA, Pirates 5 was guaranteed to drop as was Transformers 5 and Cars 3 (although that’s doing okay) and who thought Baywatch was going to make money? Captain Underpants cost like nothing to make so I think that’s okay. Heck, even “War” was expected to drop making $50-60M. The only shock here is DM3. I thought that one would easily get to $100M+ but I guess the fourth of July weekend doesn’t work as well as the weekend after. I hope “War” will have great legs (I hope the same for Spidey too, that 60% drop is ridiculous) and I also hope Dunkirk makes tons of money.

      Reply
      • Avatar
        J July 17, 2017

        To be fair to Pirates, you said Cars 3 was doing okay with a domestic total of $140 million and $223 million worldwide while Pirates is doing 170 million domestic and over 750 million worldwide. Yes, Pirates is making less than the last one but it’s still a solid hit.

        Reply
        • Avatar
          DangerS July 17, 2017

          That’s doing fine too. But the drop domestically (Cars 3 has yet to release in most of its markets overseas) of Pirates is bigger than Cars.

          Reply
        • Avatar
          Austin July 17, 2017

          I would also like to add that until now, 47 Meters Down actually had great holds (now at $41 million off an $11 million start). Meanwhile, its biggest competition this week (Wish Upon) is DOA and won’t hold well at the BO.

          Reply

Leave reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *