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Box Office: ‘Apes’ to Outmaneuver ‘Spider-Man’ on Friday, but Weekend Battle Is Tight

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War for the Planet of the Apes” may pit primates against their evil human counterparts, but the monkeys should probably focus their attention on one superpowered man in particular: Spider-Man. Despite being in its second frame, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is giving new entry “Apes” quite the battle when it comes to winning this weekend’s box office.

“War” put up a valiant fight on Thursday night, taking in $5 million at 3,251 North American locations. The third film in Fox’s “Planet of the Apes” reboot is on track to win Friday with a total of $20 million, previews included. That number will translate to an estimated opening weekend of around $52 million, putting it on par with 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes’” $54.8 million debut, but noticeably behind 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’” $72.6 million domestic launch.

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