Box Office: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Rides to $5M Thursday

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Caesar and his clan of intelligent apes rode back into theaters Thursday night, with War for the Planet of the Apes earning $5 million in previews at 3,251 theaters.The second installment in Fox and Chernin’s franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, earned $4.1 million in previews in July 2014 on its way to a $72.6 million domestic debut (it eventually earned $710.6 million worldwide). The first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, debuted in 2011 to $54.8 million and eventually earned $481.8 million globally.

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War for the Planet of the Apes is currently tracking to launch to $55 million or more, which would put it in a tight race with holdover Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sony and Marvel Studios’ Spidey reboot starring Tom Holland could falls only 50 percent in its sophomore outing, which would mean weekend tally of $58.5 million. But if it declines 55 percent or more, it will land in the low $50 million range.

The threequel sees Andy Serkis returning to play the ape leader Caesar, and stars Woody Harrelson as a military leader determined to take down the intelligent apes. As the survival of his kind continues to be threatened, Caesar attempts to move his clan to safety.

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