War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes

20th Century Fox's War for the Planet of the Apes topped the domestic box office this weekend, earning an estimated $56.5 million from 4,022 theaters, an average of $14,048 per location. However, it is still a disappointment when compared to the rest of the franchise thus far, falling 22 percent from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' $72.6 million despite holding positive reviews.

Audiences showed up for battle as the summer's latest threequel, War for the Planet of the Apes, opened at number one at the North American box office. Estimations for the new film were projected to be about $10 million higher than reported, but this weekend's earnings were more than respectable. Reviews for the Matt Reeves sci-fi drama were the best of the new trilogy. Thankfully, the global box office paints a different picture with more than $46 million taken, and it's only open in a third of the planned territories so far.

Ticket buyers awarded War for the Planet of the Apes starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson an A-, according to Cinemascore. It has a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Spider-Man 3 dropped by 62% in its second weekend in 2007 and there were no Thursday pre-shows back then to boost opening weekend numbers.

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You can view this weekend's full box office results below. Overseas grosses have always been strong for this series and with a $46 million start it's not in bad shape there; the total worldwide gross is $102.5 million.

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