Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Weekend of The Apes

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In a post-apocalyptic mid-June weekend, as big studio tentpoles fall slightly below projections, intelligent (but not that intelligent) apes rule the box office. Matt Reeves’ War For The Planet Of The Apes took the No. 1 spot this weekend with an estimated $56.5 million, almost $16 million less than its predecessor in the rebooted Apes series, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. (This makes it the second Apocalypse Now-obsessed, Vietnam-referencing super-ape movie of the year to open below projections.) But look, $56.5 million is still a heck of a lot of money—more than enough to beat Spider-Man: Homecoming, which suffered the worst second-weekend crash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to land at No. 2 with $45.2 million. Please note that this is still a lot of money, and that Homecoming has already made $469 million worldwide.

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