WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES sure isn’t ‘monkeying’ around! The Action/Fantasy is all business at the Box Office, taking-in $57.5 million from 4,022 theatres in its debut for 20th Century Fox. It gets a 94% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore from audiences. 2014’s DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES still holds the franchise best with a $72 million opening.
In second is SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING, last week’s number one Film. It earns $47.4 million its second week out in 4,348 theatres for Sony Pictures, a total $210 million earned domestically.
In third is DESPICABLE ME 3 with $19.2 million for Universal Pictures. Over three weeks it has grossed $188 million in North America.
BABY DRIVER is in fourth this weekend with $8.7 million from 3,043 theatres for Sony Pictures, a total $73 million made over three weeks.
THE BIG SICK expands to 2,597 theatres for Lionsgate Films/Elevation Pictures, taking $7.4 million in its fourth week out. It has made $15.8 million thus far.
Toronto-made WISH UPON might not be getting a Canadian release, but it opens in seventh in the U.S. with $5.6 million from 2,250 theatres. It gets 20% on the Tomatometer and a C- CinemaScore.
THE HOUSE rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.8 million for Warner Bros. in its third week out with $23 million tallied in total.
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING spins a web on its competition, climbing to the top of the Box Office in its debut for Sony Pictures. It earns $119 million from 4,348 theatres and gets a 95% on the Tomatometer, plus a fantastic A CinemaScore. The franchise’s record still belongs to Spider-Man 3 (2007) which opened with $151 million.
In second is DESPICABLE ME 3 with $37.4 million from 4,535 theatres in its second week out for Universal Pictures. Thus far it has grossed a healthy $152.5 million domestically.
BABY DRIVER continues to be bankable for Sony Pictures with $12.5 million from 3,226 theatres in its second week out, a total $56 million over two weeks.
In fourth is the v. lasting WONDER WOMAN with $10.6 million for Warner Bros. from 3,091 theatres in its sixth week. Thus far it has earned $369 million in North America and looks like it’ll be around for a bit longer in the Top Ten.
In fifth is CARS 3 for Disney with $6.2 million, a total $134 million tally over four weeks.
THE BIG SICK expands to 326 theatres this weekend in earns an impressive $3.2 million for Elevation Pictures/Lionsgate Films. Over three weeks, the semi-autobiographical Rom-Com has made $6.4 million already in limited release. Critics have given it 97% on the Tomatometer.
THE BEGUILED rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.4 million from 941 theatres for Universal Pictures/Focus Features in its third week out, a total $7.4 million over three weeks.
DESPICABLE ME tops the Box Office across North America this long weekend with a stellar $83 million opening from 4,259 theatres for Universal Pictures. It gets a 62% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore. 2015’s Minions with its $115 million debut still remains a high for the Franchise.
BABY DRIVER benefits from tons of word of mouth to open in second with $27 million from 3,226 theatres for Sony Pictures. The Edgar Wright Film gets an outstanding 97% on the Tomatometer from Critics and an A- CinemaScore.
TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT lands in third with $16.2 million from 4,132 theatres for Paramount Pictures. Over three weeks it has made $101.3 million domestically.
THE HOUSE debuts in sixth with $9.3 million for Warner Bros. from 3,134 theatres. The Comedy starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell gets 17% on the Tomatometer and a B- CinemaScore.
THE BEGUILED, the latest from Sofia Coppola, opens in eighth with $3.1 million from 674 theatres for Focus Features/Universal Pictures. It gets 77% on the Tomatometer.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.7 million for Disney in its sixth week out. It has made $165 million in its run domestically.
After much acclaim at its debut at SXSW earlier this year, buzz musically-driven heist Film Baby Driver from Writer/Director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) is shifting into high gear. By no means a stranger to Toronto, Wright‘s affinity for our city is well-documented, having made and premiered his cult hit Scott Pilgrim vs. The World here back in 2009 and 2010, the Film proudly set in the city.
Baby Driver boasts an A-List cast, fronted in the titular role by promising young talent Ansel Elgort (The Fault in our Stars) which sees his character, a runaway driver, coerced into working for a mysterious criminal named Doc (Kevin Spacey) in an ill-fated heist which both could help him start afresh and also destroy everything he has including his burgeoning romance with Debora (Lily James). Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal and Eiza González star also.
Our Siobhán Rich had the pleasure of chatting with Wright about the Film at its recent Premiere here in Toronto. She chats with him about his return to the city, the music that is so integral to the Film and his love for Poutine!
Baby Driver was a massive hit at SXSW where it premiered. Can you tell us about what inspired this Movie?
Wright: “It‘s basically my dream Movie of combining action and music together. I’ve been thinking about it in some form for over 20 years, so it’s exciting having it exist not only in my head but also in cinemas.”.
Music is so important in this Movie and some of the songs are specifically mentioned in the script. Did you already have clearance on all the music before shooting?
Wright: “We didn’t shoot anything without clearing anything first.”.
Were there any songs you couldn’t get?
Wright: “Nothing really famous, some dance songs had samples in them that were not clearable.”.
What is it about Toronto that keeps drawing you back?
Wright: “This is my first time here in four years actually. I wish I came here more often. I did film Scott Pilgrim here eight years ago.”.
Of course, you have the Cornetto trilogy. Do you think we can get you back here for a few more movies? The Poutine Trilogy, perhaps?
Already one of this summer’s most talked about Films, you must see the sizzling new Trailer for Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER!
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Written & Directed By: Edgar Wright
See the Trailer:
Sony Pictures Canada release BABY DRIVERFriday, June 28, 2017.