In Summary

  • "War," directed by Matt Reeves, tells the continuing story of how intelligent primate Caesar (Andy Serkis) and other apes battle the forces led by an evil human dictator (Woody Harrelson). The film, made for Sh15 billion ($150 million), has a 95 percent approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website, which collates reviews.
  • Sony-Marvel collaboration "Spider-Man," which draws a similarly strong 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, stars Tom Holland as a young Peter Parker, ably mentored by Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man as he takes on bad guy Vulture (Michael Keaton).
  • Far behind was Universal's animated sequel "Despicable Me 3," starring Steve Carell as the voice of bad guy-turned-protagonist Gru — and his twin brother Dru, and Kristen Wiig as Gru's wife Lucy.

LOS ANGELES

"War for the Planet of the Apes" won this weekend's battle of the box office in North America, riding on strong reviews and ever more natural-looking apes.

The Fox/Chemin Entertainment production managed to outdraw "Spider-Man: Homecoming," which fell by more than half from its opening three-day weekend to pull in $44.2 million, website Exhibitor Relations reported.

"War," directed by Matt Reeves, tells the continuing story of how intelligent primate Caesar (Andy Serkis) and other apes battle the forces led by an evil human dictator (Woody Harrelson). The film, made for Sh15 billion ($150 million), has a 95 percent approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website, which collates reviews.

Sony-Marvel collaboration "Spider-Man," which draws a similarly strong 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, stars Tom Holland as a young Peter Parker, ably mentored by Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man as he takes on bad guy Vulture (Michael Keaton).

Far behind was Universal's animated sequel "Despicable Me 3," starring Steve Carell as the voice of bad guy-turned-protagonist Gru — and his twin brother Dru, and Kristen Wiig as Gru's wife Lucy.

EVERYDAY COMEDY

The film has done much better overseas than at home, according to Hollywood Reporter, which says its global gross includes a whopping Sh11 billion ($113.6 million) from viewers in China.

Placing fourth was Sony's heist thriller "Baby Driver," with Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in our Stars") front and center as a gifted getaway driver with a hearing problem.

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