FILE — This file image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Woody Harrelson, center, in a scene from, “War for the Planet of the Apes.” “War for the Planet of the Apes” took down “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales, according to information available Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File)

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NEW YORK — Monkey business still pays. “War for the Planet of the Apes” took down “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales.

Though some initially expected a closer race, “Spider-Man” dropped to second with $45.2 million after its $117 million debut last weekend. But director Matt Reeves’ “War for the Planet of the Apes” pulled away thanks to strong reviews for the third installment of the rebooted “Apes” franchise. Led by Andy Serkis’ celebrated motion-capture performance as the ape leader Caesar, “War for the Planet of the Apes” won a 94 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fox’s “Apes” led something of a summer anomaly: There is an unusual confluence of acclaimed films in release. Five of the top six at the box office (“Apes,” ‘’Homecoming,” ‘’Baby Driver,” ‘’The Big Sick” and “Wonder Woman”) boast Rotten Tomatoes rankings of 92 or better, and the sixth (“Despicable Me 3”) was received as a solid enough family release.

The weekend’s other most notable new entrant was Kumail Nanjiani’s acclaimed romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” which expanded to about 2,600 theaters after three weeks of limited release. The Lionsgate-Amazon Studios film, produced by Judd Apatow, made $7.6 million .

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “War for the Planet of the Apes,” $56.5 million ($46 million international).

2. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” $45.2 million ($72.3 million international).

3. “Despicable Me 3,” $18.9 million ($71 million international).

4. “Baby Driver,” $8.8 million ($6.2 million international).

5. “The Big Sick,” $7.6 million.

6. “Wonder Woman,” $6.9 million ($3.3 million international).

7. “Wish Upon,” $5.6 million.

8. “Cars 3,” $3.2 million ($20.1 million international).

9. “Transformers: The Last Knight,” $2.8 million ($6.7 million international).

10. “The House,” $1.8 million.

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