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Box Office: War for the Planet of Spider-Man

By Nathaniel R

Spidey was only able to stay on the box office mountain-top for a single week. Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his army of intelligent ape friends came storming in on horseback to take over during the War For the Planet of the Apes

Weekend Box Office (July 14th-16th)
W I D E  L I M I T E D
1. PLANET OF APES (9) $56.5 NEW
1. THE HERO $343k (cum. $3.4)
341 screens BEST ACTORS
2. SPIDER-MAN (6) $45.2 (cum. $208.2) REVIEW  2. THE LITTLE HOURS $318K
(cum. $689k) 105 screens REVIEW
3. DESPICABLE ME 3 $18.9 (cum. $187.9) 
3. MAUDIE  $252K (cum. $3.5)
99 screens REVIEW
4. BABY DRIVER $8.7 (cum. $73.1)
(cum. $6.4) 205 screens
5. THE BIG SICK $7.6 (cum. $16)
5. PARIS CAN WAIT $153k (cum. $5.3)
177 screens
6. WONDER WOMAN  $6.8 (cum. $380.6) REVIEW | TOP TEN | SPECIAL
6. A GHOST STORY  $146k
(cum. $288k) 20 screens
7. WISH UPON $5.5 NEW 7. LOST IN PARIS $79K (cum. $138k)
38 screens
8. CARS 3 $3.1 (cum. $140) 
5 screens
9. TRANSFORMERS (5) $2.7 (cum. $124.8) REVIEWISH
9. THE EXCEPTION $67k (cum. $612k)
44 screens  REVIEW
10. THE HOUSE $1.7  (cum. $23.1) 10. ENDLESS POETRY  $28k NEW
2 screens

🔺 = new or added screens

numbers from box office mojo 


The Hero is doing well in limited release which is happy news. It's writer/director Brett Haley's follow up to his sleeper success I'll See You In My Dreams. He wrote it just for Sam Elliott, who turned in such good work in that breakthrough film. Elliott is excellent as a former movie star with cancer who is thrown by renewed interest in his career and a younger woman's (Laura Prepon) interest. 

In other important news, Wonder Woman will overtake Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this coming week to become the year's second highest grosser (behind Disney's Beauty & The Beast karaoke) and the 3rd highest grosser in Warner Bros history just behind Chris Nolan's Batman movies and ahead of Harry Potter's finale!.

She's a wonder, Wonder Woman 🎵

What did you see this weekend? 

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saw both Dawn and War of the Planet of the Apes

I thought Dawn was better than War, so it's a bit weird to me that War is enjoying better Metacritic love.

I think Dawn has a cleaner, simpler narrative that manages to create real suspense, along with a very logical bad guy, Koba, an ape that hates humans because they've experimented on him.

War was probably going for too much. Also, though he's super sexy, I'm not sure I bought Woody Harrelson as the villain. Or maybe I just had high expectations about War (considering that it was described as the best of the three) that folded into themselves.

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

Paris Can Wait.

I saw "A Little Romance" (1979) a week or so ago, with the young Diane Lane, so I've seen 2 Diane Lane road movies lately.

The youngsters in A Little Romance were charming. The oldsters in Paris Can Wait were exasperating (her) and irritating (him). The schlub in Paris Can Wait was like those doofus husbands in American sit-coms who inexplicably have a hot wife. The still gorgeous Diane is supposed to be grateful that paunchy middle aged men still find her character attractive? Eeeeew.

Eleanor Coppola could be a good director, but omg, she needs to start with a really good script.

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteradri

I saw the Beguiled and (sorry everybody) I kind of hated it... maybe I missed something. Dunst scraping in as MVP with Farrell slightly behind. Who knows what the fuck Kidman was doing. I'm waiting for Sophia's masterpiece. Maybe Lost in Translation was it?

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterchoog

The Beguiled. It was hard to form my own feelings and focus because of the white man in the audience loudly saying "this is horrible" and "she clearly didn't understand the original" throughout. Because obnoxiously loud criticism of things women do is just something one can never seem to get away from. That said, I felt underwhelmed. I was "with" the movie the whole time but it also felt stilted. A few accents came and went and it often felt very posed. I think there was potential there but I'm not sure it delivered.

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercatbaskets

I had a 90's revival

Fair Game with William Baldwin and Cindy Crawford
The Frighteners with Michael J Fox and Jake Busey
Serial Mom with Kathleen Turner and Ricki Lake

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

I saw "Spider Man: Homecoming"- Sam Raimi and company have nothing to worry about. This movie felt too long, too much emphasis on comedy and with a weak villain. Peter Parker now goes to Political Correct High- in which obnoxious multicultural teens make inane comments. The film felt emotionally dead even Andrew Garfield's "Amazing Spide Man" was better than this.

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Stanley Donen's "Lucky Lady", in which Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, and Gene Hackman are 1930s alcohol bootleggers *and* a functional throuple, yet somehow I was still bored.

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDave S.

No cinema this weekend, but I saw two films in Blu-ray: I rewatched The Front, which is very good and has a heartbreaking performance from Zero Mostel, and watched for the first time Speedy starring Harold Lloyd and which was very enjoyable.

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

I saw The Big Sick and kinda hated it. It was overly sweet, and strained to insert jokes in unnecessary places. Zoe Kazan's character was really annoying. So, I just didn't care. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano were the MVPs though. So, yay?

I finally saw The Beguiled. It is ambitious, but it just doesn't hit the mark. Kudos to everyone for trying.

I couldn't bring myself to watch Maudie after The Big Sick. So, I watched To Each His Own (again). Get that Oscar, Olivia. On a second viewing, the movie is still not that good. But Olivia's performance is just excellent.

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCharlieG

I watched Two for the Road with Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. While I never really warmed up to him, I just adore how effortless Hepburn is.

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Saw and loved The Beguiled. I thought Kidman was exceptional, and am surprised that this particular performance is not getting more appreciation.

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Martin Landau and George Romero died =/

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSadNewsBearer

War for the Apes. Formally excellent but strangely inert emotionally with the exception of a few moments sprinkled throughout. It's a film that feel like it should have a greater impact on the tear ducts than it does. The final scene is botched pretty badly. But wowzers at those effects. We've entered the age of photo-real CGI.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertonytr

Beguiled is yet another Kidman flop. Why is she still being cast in movies? I read she is the only cast member who wants a Big Little Lies sequel. Probably because her movie career died several decades ago.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

Eyerolls at Kidman hate. She was nominated for an oscar last year for heavens sake and awarded MVP at cannes. Also, she has several projects in the pipeline, check out imdb if you don't believe me, or deadline or variety or whichever publication you consider valid. If that's dead, describe alive.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

LOL @ the Kidman hate

Have we entered the age of "I'll troll the shit out of someone because free speech"?

How is "The Beguiled" a flop? With a budged of $10 million it's totally headed toward a $20 million global box office AKA doubles its budged.

No, it's not a hit, but also, no, it's not a flop.

Also, was "Birth" a hit? People all over the Internet are still vigorously talking about it.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

Just as certain as death or taxes, someone on this board is bound to hate all over any praise or even mere mention of Nicole Kidman. It's so typical that it must be her ex-husband, right? ;-)

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

I mostly watched Schitt's Creek and documentary screeners, but on *Monday* morning, I caught up with UNA, which is not great.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

This 10 million budget does not include promotion. It's realistically close to 16-17 million and the box office right now is 11.8 million, which I doubt it will reach the 20 million you mentioned.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAAA

I do not dislikes Kidman. I did dislike The Beguiled and
her performance along with the others
Does this make me a troll?

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commenternatalie

@ AAA - Also one has to account for the costs of distribution and for the fact that the theater owners get a large share of the box-office proceeds. Most likely, the film will only pay itself if it finds an audience on VOD/rental/etc, over time.

It's a dire proposition, but, I mean, even Cleopatra, which nearly bankrupted Fox, after decades eventually turned into a profitable movie, so there's always hope.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen Sandiego

I've been watching Broadchurch. It's okay as BBC mystery series go - not as good as The Fall or Happy Valley - but I was gobsmacked to make it to series two and see Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Pheobe Waller-Bridge show up as attorneys! I'm probably one of the few people who likes series two better than series one, simply because the actressing is so good.

Suite Francaise - not worth the three-year wait, as pretty much all the characters are familiar stereotypes. I grew actively irritated with it as it proceeded.

The Prestige - A little too clever, but still enjoyable. I'm going to see Dunkirk in 70mm next weekend even though there appear to be no women in it.

Daisy Kenyon - Very entertaining Otto Preminger melodrama starring a toned-down Joan Crawford. I really need to see Bonjour Tristesse - it's been on my watchlist for years, and the new season of You Must Remember This has made me even more curious.

I didn't make it to Maudie, but I'm hoping to get there this week.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Saw "The Big Sick" & loved it! Zoé Kazan is soooo charming & talented. Holly Hunter ages like a good cheese & who knew Ray Romano had this in him? One of my favorite so far this year!

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterstjeans

I saw A Ghost Story and loved it. Beautiful, quiet, funny, melancholy, thought-provoking...so many wonderful ideas, beautifully executed.

Also saw Key Largo which was...fine? Perfectly competent, I guess, although Bogart's character is such a strange, inert character to build a film around. Claire Trevor was pretty fantastic, though. Haven't seen the other nominees but the Oscar win makes sense.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

Nicole's flop to hit ratio is high, I don't think people have to get defensive about it. Besides Paddington (minor role) and Lion (minor role), her film output over the past 20 years has been pretty much full of flops. She will work for scale since she is rich, but if she tried to get a high salary in movies then she would barely work (because she gets press but it rarely translates to box office). She is like the strange wine you can't quite identify but you would never buy it again. For the future, I see her doing well on an HBO or limited series like BLL, not movies.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDevon

@ AAA, The Beguiled has only just opened in other English-speaking markets (UK, Australia, Ireland) last Friday and has yet to open in most of the countries where it is scheduled for release. Just you wait. We need to have this conversation in October.

I haven't seen the movie, so this is not me defending the production or Kidman's performance. However, it's extremely unlikely that it doesn't end up with a $20+ million global cume.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

I saw Baby Driver. I kind of agree with the people who think it's more anonymous than any prior movie of his, and it's not quite as good as the Cornetto trilogy, but it also doesn't have a moment as stunningly horrible as the Scott Pilgrim movie's "lethal orgasm moment". So, overall? A-.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Re. The Beguiled: I am so tired of people saying that Colin is the only male in the house. Henry the turtle is right there you guys. #respectforhenry

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEz

Saw The Big Sick, and really loved it. I thought all the performances were terrific, and the actors had really great chemistry with each other. I enjoyed how, similar to Master of None, it explored the difficulties and torn loyalties of being the children of immigrants. Since we are largely a nation of immigrants, it is a very American story and I thought the story was told with a lot of nuance.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdaisy

What are the chances that Sam Elliott is close to the Oscar for The Hero? Man is a legend.

July 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHarmodio

pleased that Cars 3 is underperforming. Should teach Disney/Pixar a lesson.

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterkris

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