A big summer release once again suffers a mild case of sequelitis this week as War for the Planet of the Apes opens a bit better than Fox expected, but not quite as well as industry insiders predicted. The film opened with $56.2 million which is about a million more than the first film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, made in 2011, but $20 million less than the second film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On the plus side, the film cost about $20 million less than Rise but about $50 million more than Dawn. The film’s numbers are particularly surprising given the film has earned the best reviews of the three but looks to be suffering a similar fate that the well-reviewed Star Trek Beyond had last year. At this rate, War for the Planet of the Apes is on track to earn $150 domestically, which is the film’s budget. It will be up to the foreign markets to help the film turn a profit.
But … opening in 61 markets the movie earned just $46 million, $9.5 million of that from the UK. By comparison, Dawn opened at $14.8 million in the UK. With the domestic and foreign totals combined, the film has earned just over $100 million globally.
The only other wide release this week was the PG-13 horror film Wish Upon debuting at Number 7 with $5.4 million. The movie is going to have to wish real hard to stay in the Top Ten for a second week with three big wide releases on tap July 21. On the other hand, adding more than 2,200 screens to last week’s 300+ total, The Big Sick saw a 110.5% increase in its fortunes, moving up three spots to Number 5 with $7.5 million in its fourth week of release, more than doubling what it had earned in the previous three weeks.
For the rest of the Top Ten, everyone’s fortunes were down with Spider-Man: Homecoming taking the second biggest, though not unexpected, hit considering its huge debut, dropping 62% and notching down one spot to Number 2 with $44.2 million. In two weeks the $175 million action flick has earned $207.2 million domestically. Added to the $260 million overseas totals, the global total stands at $467.3 million. The House dropped 64% in its third week, falling three spots to Number 10 with $1.7 million. So far the $40 million comedy has only managed to rake in $23 million domestically and $6.7 million in foreign markets.
Still holding up well, Wonder Woman fell just 31% in its seventh week, moving down two spots to Number 6 with $6.8 million. The movie has now earned $380.6 million domestically and has a worldwide gross of $765.9 million. And Wonder Woman is still waiting to open in Japan, where it will debut August 25. In its third week, Baby Driver had the second smallest decline in the Top Ten at 33%, dropping one spot to Number 4 with $8.7 million for a domestic total of $73.1 million against a $34 million budget. Overseas the film has earned $23.1 million for a global $96.2 million gross.
As we mentioned, the weekend of July 21 is going to be a make or break for many movies currently in the Top Ten with three wide releases: Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk, the female-driven comedy Girls Trip and Luc Besson’s latest sci-fi opus Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Our crystal ball says to expect them all to take over the top three spots.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of July 14.
8.  –5– Cars 3 – $3,119,815 [$139,984,315]
9.  –4– Transformers: The Last Knight – $2,843,587 [$124,952,206]
10.  –3– The House – $1,732,777 [$23,067,335]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo