It’s been a while since we’ve had an exciting dual at the box office, but things should heat up this weekend, as last week’s number one takes on a newcomer with some serious heat. Who will come out on top? Here’s our prediction:
War for the Planet of the Apes is the conclusion to the outstanding trilogy of films that have brought the Apes i franchise back to prominence. While Woody Harrelson may be the big name attached, there’s little doubt that Andy Serkis as the motion-capture ape leader Caesar will be who brings in audiences this weekend. Well, that and the fact that director Matt Reeves has made a serious name for himself. The previous film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes exceeded both the debut and gross of the original Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Fox and company are certainly hoping for a similar result. The only thing that could spoil the primate party is if Spider-Man: Homecoming continues its winning ways. It may be a battle for first place, and we predict that, with its already strong reviews and word of mouth, War for the Planet of the Apes will come out on top. Look for a first place debut with $75 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Spider-Man: Homecoming has had a solid week and, while a drop is expected, it should have a solid second weekend in theatres. Look for it to drop to second place with $54 million. Despicable Me 3 will be in third place with $20 million. Baby Driver will be in fourth place with 9.5 million. The Big Sick will move into the top five with $9 million, closing things out.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) War for the Planet of the Apes – $75 million
2) Spider-Man: Homecoming – $54 million
3) Despicable Me 3 – $20 million
4) Baby Driver – $9.5 million
5) The Big Sick – $9 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!