“Apes” overthrowing “Spider-Man” at Box Office

The UK ($9.5 million), Russian Federation ($5.0 million), and Spain ($3.4 million) lead the charge, and the film has yet to open in eight of the top markets (China, South Korea, Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico). The action crime drama is now sitting at $73.2 million domestically and $96.3 million worldwide on a moderate $34 million budget. This weekend’s top ten was down 21% from last week and was practically dead even with the top ten from one year ago.

Another sequel suffering the summer box office blahs is Universal’s Despicable Me 3, which landed in third with an estimated $18.9 million from 4,155 theaters. Watching a few of the films in relatively close succession, it became prevalent that the franchise should be admired for its exploratory nature. This estimated $16.1 million shortfall is in keeping with a recent trend that sees familiar blockbuster franchises not perform as well as they used to. Forecasts for domestic weekend sales ranged from $54 million at BoxOfficePro.com to $70 million at Box Office Mojo. The PG-13 horror film opened below the high single digits that the studio was hoping for, let down by a poor marketing campaign that did nothing to distinguish it and poor reviews at just 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. Even with overseas flocking, the movie now sits at $517.3 million which is lowest of the main franchise easily. Five of the top six at the box office (“Apes“, “Homecoming“, “Baby Driver“, “The Big Sick” and “Wonder Woman“) boast Rotten Tomatoes rankings of 92 or better, and the sixth (“Despicable Me 3“) was largely received as a solid enough family release.

Rounding out the top tier are Wonder Woman at No. 6 with $6.9 million, Wish Upon at No. 7 with $5.6 million, Cars 3 at No. 8 with $3.2 million, Transformers: The Last Knight at No. 9 with $2.8 million and The House at No. 10 with $1.8 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. Given the film’s continued durability, it should pass the $400 million mark by mid-August.

The House is also almost gone, down 62% to $1.8 million. A combination of poor reviews and limited awareness was a death blow for the project, as it struggled to make much of an impact against bigger competition. Christopher Nolan’s World War II thriller “Dunkirk” lands in theaters following rapturous early reactions.