This weekend at the worldwide box office, there is going to be a battle between the 3rd Planet of the Apes movie in the reboot franchise and last week’s release Spider-Man: Homecoming. According to independent trade trackers, War for the planet of the Apes is heading for a $60 million to $65 million opening weekend in the US and close to $50 million to $60 million in the overseas territories. Thus, taking the worldwide opening weekend total to an approximate $120 million. The 1st installment of this reboot series, Rise of the planet of the apes, that released in 2011, recorded a $54.8 million opening. And 2014’s Dawn of the planet of the Apes was close to the $72.6 million mark at the US box office in its opening weekend.
This Summer, has been a particularly rough season box office wise for Hollywood. So, when last week’s mega release Spider-man: Homecoming opened to a whooping $117 million in the US, it was a welcome relief. And with the new Planet of the Apes movie being applauded with extremely positive reviews, things are looking good once again. The press screenings for the movie, began roughly three weeks ago and this move has proved to be a wise one, considering the positivity surrounding the film thanks to those who have seen it already. The film has an impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, thus adding to the positive word of mouth.
Trade tracker Ramesh Bala took to his twitter account to share the box office predictions for War for the planet of Apes, that is all set to hit cinema screens on July 14, in major territories worldwide.
#WarForThePlanet is heading for a $120 Million Opening for the 1st weekend at the WW BO.. $60 M in US and $60 M International.. pic.twitter.com/vcfQFx3OpT
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) July 13, 2017
Considering, the poor performance of other big budget franchise films from hollywood this year, there are a lot of hopes pinned to this film and so far things seem to be on the sunny side.
The film, which is the 3rd chapter of the franchise, will see a deadly battle between Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes and an army of humans led by a cruel, cold blooded colonel played by Woody Harrelson. This war will decide the fate of their planet as well as their species. Catch War For The Planet Of the Apes, in a cinema near you from 14 July.