War for the Planet of the Apes is the No. 1 movie in North America this weekend after earning $56.5 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday. That was a million more on Thursday than the last film in the series did, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes went on to earn $72.6 million over opening weekend.
Still, War's performance is impressive, especially in a summer where the domestic box office has been largely unkind to sequels and reboots, of which War is both.
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"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.
Homecoming is a hit with critics and audiences (93 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes; A CinemaScore), and dominated social media chatter for weeks leading up to its release.
Slipping from first to second place was the summer's latest super hero tentpole Spider-Man: Homecoming which declined by 61% in its sophomore session to an estimated $45.2M. It's not, however, the one to achieve the highest-opening weekend, but the others can't say they beat Spider-Man! That's why the original was able to earn more than three times its opening weekend domestically - picking up $176 million after opening to $56 million.
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Which movie did you see this weekend? The first film in the Marvel Studios/Sony deal has a current global total of $470 million and will swing over the half a billion mark in the next couple of days. After a successful limited release, Michael Showalter's The Big Sick expanded to more screens and climbed three places to number five with a healthy $7.6 million for the weekend. It stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher.
2017 has been another odd year for returning franchises at the U.S. box office.
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