NEW YORK — War for the Planet of the Apes took down Spider-Man: Homecoming at the box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales.
Though some initially expected a closer race, Marvel's Spider-Man, starring Tom Holland as the teen web slinger, dropped to second with $45.2 million after its No. 1 debut last weekend. Boosted by strong reviews and widespread praise for Andy Serkis' motion-capture performance as the ape leader Caesar, War for the Planet of the Apes easily came out on top.
That still put the third Planet of the Apes film in the rebooted franchise well behind the previous 2014 installment, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. That sequel launched with $72.6 million.
After three weeks of limited release, Kumail Nanjiani's acclaimed romantic comedy The Big Sick expanded nationwide. It pulled in $7.7 million in about 2,600 theaters to finish fifth.
Rounding out the top five: Despicable Me 3, with the voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, was No. 3 with $18.9 million, while Edgar Wright's music-driven crime caper Baby Driver was fourth with $8.8 million.
Final figures are expected Monday.
Contributing: Kim Willis