War For Planet of the Apes Wins Weekend Battle

War for the Planet of the Apes

You could say that Caesar made some salad.

War for the Planet of the Apes, featuring the super-smart alpha chimp Caesar, scrambled up the box office skyscraper, pulled down your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and thumped its metaphorical chest in triumph this weekend. The latest Planet of the Apes flick cleared an estimated $56.5 million to comfortably win the weekend.

With a $150 million budget, it’ll be a bit before War makes enough money to splurge on celebratory bananas, but give it a few weeks. These apes clearly aren’t monkeying around. (Cue rimshot.)

After a massive opening-weekend bow, Spider-Man: Homecoming slipped to second with $45.2 million. But don’t feel too bad for the teenage web slinger. Homecoming’s already earned $208 million in just 10 days—an earnings clip that might even make Tony Stark a little jealous. It’s also the sixth film this year to crack the $200 million mark domestically. Oh, and here’s a bit of geek trivia for you: Four of those six films (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, Logan and now Homecoming) are superhero flicks. Clearly, the superhero genre ain’t dead yet.

By the way, Despicable Me 3 is angling to be the seventh $200 million film of the year. It finished third with $18.9 million, bringing its total haul to about $188 mil.

Now in its third week, the slick thriller Baby Driver is losing a bit of horsepower. Still, it finished fourth with $8.8 million. Meanwhile, The Big Sick expanded from about 300 theaters to 2,300, earning $7.6 million to close out the top five.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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