Box Office Battle: 'War for the Planet of the Apes' tops 'Spider-Man'
Ahead of Sony's (SNE) "Spider-Man," 21st Century Fox's (FOX) "War for the Planet of the Apes" led the North American box office, coming in on the low end of expectations with $56.5M from a little over four thousand locations. Overseas, the latest film in the rebooted franchise opened in less than a third of the marketplace, grossing $46M from 62 markets for global bow of $102.5M. "War for the Planet of the Apes" holds a critics rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and received an A- in audience polls from CinemaScore. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Declining more than expected in its sophomore outing to $45.2M, Sony's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" came in second place. Behind it was Comcast's (CMCSA) "Despicable Me 3" in its third weekend, with $18.9M for a domestic total of $188M. Sony's "Baby Driver" followed at number 4 with $8.8M for a domestic total of $73.1M. Rounding out the top five, "The Big Stick" ended the week with $7.6M from 2,597 cinemas. Amazon (AMZN) Studios acquired the critical hit out of Sundance before partnering with Lionsgate (LGF.A) on the theatrical release. Other publicly traded companies in filmmaking include Disney (DIS), Time Warner (TWX) and Viacom (VIAB; VIA). FOX FOXA CMCSA CMCSK SNE AMZN LGF.A DIS TWX VIAB VIA