'Planet of the Apes' topples 'Spider-Man' in weekend debut

Coming in at number two was "Spider-Man: Homecoming".

After a botched assassination by the humans in the second film, hyper-intelligent Caesar, played by Andy Serkis - best known for his "performance capture" portrayal of hobbit-gone-bad Gollum in The Lord of the Rings - seeks to lead his simian brethren to victory. Nearly twenty years ago he was a large part of WETA's experiments in trying to make a believable Gollem for the Lord of the Rings films, and ever since then, he has become the go-to guy for these kind of roles. Lionsgate's "The Big Sick" finished fifth with an estimated 7.6 million US dollars in its fourth weekend.

"Much like the unexpected brooding level of darkness in Matt Reeves" movie, Giacchino's score reflects that right from his 10 minute opening "Apes Past is Prologue", which establishes numerous emotional beats and Caesar's mournful, ominous theme which carries across the entire score, while set to the powerful opening in which the humans and apes are at war.

Highest total grossing film on the global box office this week is Wonder Woman which has now taken an incredible $764.8 million. "Despicable Me 3" was directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, the film features the voice talents of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Trey Parker. The box office for Michael Showalter feature now stands at $16 million.

These Planet of the Apes films started with a fairly light tone in the James Franco original, and even had some fun in the first half of the film.

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" was tipped to earn $14 million Friday for a sophomore outing of $47 million-$50 million.

Rounding out the top five is The Big Sick, which expanded nationwide and earned $7.6 million. The comedy added $71 million to its foreign coffers to bring its total up to $431 million, of which China has contributed $113 million. It stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher.

It's also only a few million shy of passing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which with US$386.2 million is now the highest grossing movie of the summer so far.

The movie was largely panned by critics, with a 20 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, and it also carries a lackluster audience appeal with a C CinemaScore.

Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonder Woman dropped to the sixth spot with $6.9 million its seventh week and has earned a total of $380.7 million.

  • Jon Douglas