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War for the Planet of the Apes took the No. 1 spot at this weekend's box office with a $56.5 million debut.

The take beats Rise of the Planet of the Apes' opening in 2011, but falls $16 million (GBP12 million) short of the first weekend of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which was released in 2014.

Keep reading to see how the top films stack up at the box office this week.

The horror film Wish Upon was a blip on the summer movie radar opening poorly in seventh place with an estimated $5.6M.

"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 latter brought in $45 million on its second weekend and has reached a worldwide sum of $469 million.

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"Despicable Me 3" was on track to add $18.9 million to its total this weekend, and will have a three-week running total of $188 million by Sunday evening. Edgar Wright's super cool crime caper Baby Driver has now racked up more than $73 million in the United States and is on the verge of a global total of $100 million.

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May.

And, finally: shout-out to Edgar Wright's Baby Driver and Michael Showalter's The Big Sick, both of which are still doing very well at the box office.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $157.2M which was up 4% from previous year when The Secret Life of Pets stayed at number one with $50.8M; but down 12% from 2015 when Ant-Man debuted in the top spot with $57.2M. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan headline the acclaimed feature, which was written by Nanjiani and produced by Judd Apatow.

The movie was largely panned by critics, with a 20 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, and it also carries a lackluster audience appeal with a C CinemaScore.

If this doesn't end up in my top three scores of 2017, a year which like the last one has already provided some superb pieces of orchestral film music, then we've got some phenomenal scores still to come. Given the film's continued durability, it should pass the $400 million mark by mid-August.


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