Cinema Slowdown: 'Apes' defeats Spidey in quiet weekend at the box office

Twentieth Century Fox's "War for the Planet of the Apes."

Weekend Box Office, July 14-16, 2017

(KUTV) Going into the weekend there were many who thought that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” stood a fantastic chance of finishing on top of the box office for the second week in a row. This line of thinking was based on its opening weekend, fantastic reviews and the way that other well-received comic book films have performed in their second weekends this summer. By that logic, “Homecoming” should have finished with at least $60 million. Sadly, foot traffic at the multiplexes around the country wasn’t nearly as robust as experts expected. “Homecoming” will still finish in second with a decent $45 million, a 61 percent drop from last weekend.

First place will go to “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the fantastic finale of the Caesar trilogy co-written and directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis as Caesar, leader of the apes, and Woody Harrelson as “The Colonel,” the leader of a militant group determined to eradicate the apes. The film will finish the weekend with around $56.5 million. While that isn’t a terrible opening, I would have liked the film to have opened with a much higher number; I’m very partial to this film.

Comfortably in third place is “Despicable Me 3.” The animated sequel will wrap up the weekend with an estimated $18.9 million. The film now has a domestic total of $188 million and a worldwide total of $619 million.

Fourth place will go to “Baby Driver” with $8.7 million. That pushes the action thriller’s domestic total over $73 million. It would seem that Edgar Wright has finally broken through at the box office.

The Big Sick” expanded to nearly 2,600 theaters this weekend and should finish with around $7.6 million. That’s good enough for fifth place. The romantic comedy from Kumail Nanjiani deserves any and all attention it can get. It’s not only one of the best films of 2017, it is also one of the best romantic comedies of all time.

In its seventh week, “Wonder Woman” drops out of the top five for the first time with $6.8 million. That puts the film’s domestic total at$380 million. Worldwide the film has made $760 million.

The teen-centric horror film “Wish Upon” finished outside the top five with an opening weekend of $5.5 million.

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