Box Office: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Beating ‘Spider-Man’ on Friday

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Director Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes is bating past holdover Spider-Man: Homecoming at the Friday box office for a likely No. 1 finish in its North American debut, according to early returns.apes-1_1

Heading into the weekend, it was unclear whether the final installment in 20th Century Fox’s refurbished trilogy would be able to beat Sony’s Spider-Man, which swung to a stellar $117 million last weekend.

Apes is projected to gross $18 million or more from 4,022 theaters on Friday for a domestic opening in the $50 million-$55 million range. That would be behind the 2014 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($72.6 million) but on par with Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($54.8 million). Friday’s haul will include $5 million in Thursday-night previews.

Box-office observers caution that the numbers could shift as the weekend unfolds.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is tipped to earn $14 million Friday from 4,348 cinemas for a sophomore outing of $47 million-$50 million. That would mean a decline of 57 percent to 60 percent, a bigger drop than the summer’s two other superhero sensations, Wonder Woman, which fell a scant 43 percent, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (56 percent), but certainly in keeping with many other comic book adaptations.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: 20TH Century Fox Studios
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