Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. July 14th brings another blockbuster as those damn, dirty apes swing into theaters once again!
The only major release this week is a big one: the conclusion of Matt Reeves’ and Andy Serkis’ revival of The Planet of the Apes franchise. Dead after Tim Burton’s disastrous attempt with Mark Wahlberg, Reeves and Serkis breathed new life into the venerable institution, making each film better and better. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes left viewers on a cliffhanger, with full-on war between the remaining humans and the evolved apes ready to erupt. As much as I’m dying to see how the story ends, I’m also looking forward to seeing what Serkis does with Caesar. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: we need a Best Mo-Cap/Voiceover Performance category at the Oscars. Andy Serkis created an entirely new way to act and the level of performance from him and those who have also embraced this new technology needs recognition. At the very least, Serkis needs some kind of special achievement Oscar. Who else has created an entirely new way to act?
War for the Planet of the Apes (Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, PG-13 2hr 20min)
HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
KT made the BOLD call that people were going to like a well-reviewed MCU reboot of Spider-Man, and-by golly-we have our finger on the pulse of humanity. Spider-Man: Homecoming opened with a resounding $117.1 million displacing Despicable Me 3, which fell to #2 with $33.2 million.
(2017 Prediction Record: 24-4; Lifetime prediction record 62-9).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
This is going to be close. I expect Spider-Man to stay strong with good word-of-mouth, but Apes is also highly anticipated with a 92% rating on RT at time of writing. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in the $70 million range, and if War can repeat that, it should be able to edge out Spidey.