Move over, Spidey. This weekend’s box office belongs to the apes.
20th Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” pulled in an estimated $56.5 million in the U.S. and Canada, good enough for first place in its debut weekend. It came in on the lower end of analyst projections of $55 million to $60 million.
“What sets this modern trilogy apart is that it's not a gratuitous sequel,” said Chris Aronson, the studio’s distribution chief. “This is epic episodic storytelling.”
The latest addition to the franchise, which first sprouted its legs in the late 1960s, showcases the battle between apes and humans. It’s directed by Matt Reeves, who also headed 2014’s “Dawn of the...