Can 'War for the Planet of the Apes' beat 'Spider-Man' at box office?
'The Big Sick', 'Wish Upon' also hits theaters this weekend
SAN ANTONIO – It's a battle for supremacy at the box office when "War for the Planet of the Apes" faces off against "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in theaters.
The final installment in the "Plant of the Apes" franchise is projected to launch to $55 million, but that number still might not be enough to beat Marvel's latest superhero film.
"Spider-Man: Homecoming" opened to $117 million domestically but that number is expected to experience the normal decline in its sophomore week. If "Spider-Man" falls more than 60-percent however, the film likely ends in second place.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" made $54.8 million in its opening weekend back in 2011 and then was bested by its sequel, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" which made $72.6 million across its opening weekend.
Boasting new updates in technology as well as actors Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn as a chimp, the new movie could be set to have a successful run.
The new film once again is directed by Matt Reeves who directed the sequel.
Amazingly, both big-budget films, "War for the Planet of the Apes" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" have identical certified fresh ratings of a stellar 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics say word of mouth will play a big-role in who wins the week.
Two other films are also debuting this weekend: the supernatural horror-thriller "Wish Upon" along with the highly thought of "The Big Sick", which expands nationwide after a limited run.
From Broad Green Pictures and Orion Pictures, "Wish Upon" has yet to be screened by critics and may have difficulty finding moviegoers.
This week "The Big Sick" will expand to 2,500 theaters up from last week's 320. The romantic comedy made $7.7 million through Tuesday and looks likely to cross the $10 million mark by week's end. The film holds an astounding approval rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here's a look at all the latest films (with their trailer) that were released for the weekend of July 14.
And don't forget to look for the latest article each week to see what else will be playing at the movies.
War for Planet of the Apes
Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet. (Google synopsis)
The movie is 2 hour and 22 minutes and rated PG-13.
The Big Sick
Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father. ( (Google synopsis)
This film is 2 hour and 4 minutes and is rated R.
Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Skeptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to radically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect until she realizes that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent and elaborate ways. (Google synopsis)
The film is 1 hour and 30 minutes and is rated PG-13.
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