It’s a battle of the species at the box office this weekend, but there’s only room for one critter class to stake a claim atop the domestic throne. Can the web-head’s arachnid aerobatics fend off a swarm of primate revolutionaries as Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes square off in the days ahead?
Here’s how the July 14-16 weekend box office showdown could play out.
1 – War for the Planet of the Apes – $55 million
Quality blockbusters are the name of the game this year, as 2017 has seen the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman, and Logan soar to new heights with critics and audiences across successful theatrical runs. War for the Planet of the Apes continues the precedent set by its contemporary forerunners (2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes both rubbed film journalists the right way, too), coupling positive reception with continued fan anticipation for one of the most exciting film series of the moment. The last two Apes titles amassed $54.8 million and $72.6 million across their opening weekends, respectively, and as the series’ widest release ever (War opens at 4,022 locations), the latest installment should find a healthy opening between those figures as Homecoming, while cooling off from its $117 million bow, eats into the film’s opening figure thanks to similar demographic appeal.
2 – Spider-Man: Homecoming – $51 million
Last week’s box office champion swings into its second weekend with healthy midweek numbers bolstering its bid for the No. 2 slot on the forthcoming chart, with the film pulling in between $10 million and $15 million from Monday through Wednesday. As mighty as its freshman outing was, most big-budget superhero films don’t uphold the momentum over their sophomore frame, and drops in the 50-65 percent range are likely. In June, Wonder Woman proved to be an exception to the rule when it shed a soft 43 percent from week one to week two, though that can be attributed to its status as a timely, female-fronted (and directed) action epic at a time when the industry is calling for more women in front of and behind the camera on major studio productions. Homecoming is cut from a more traditional cloth, and like most of its comic book cohorts, will dip to a figure in the $48 million-$55 million range in the days ahead.
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