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Weekend Box Office: Dunkirk #1, Emoji Movie and Atomic Blonde Decent

Dunkirk marches on at the box office.

This weekend, both new wide releases fared well, but Warner Bros.’ Dunkirk marched to victory yet again.

Coming in first, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk pulled $26.6 million from 3,748 venues, a -47.3% decline from its $50.5m debut. With regards to similar films, Dunkirk’s second weekend drop was slightly worse than Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor (-41.7%) and David Ayer’s Fury (-43.6%), and it was well below Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (-27.6%). Dunkirk now sits on a strong $101.3m domestic total, which is +31.7% above Nolan’s Interstellar at the same point ($76.9m).

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The gap between Dunkirk and Interstellar will close as the weeks progress, however – Interstellar had the benefit of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to maintain legs. Regardless, Dunkirk is a lock for $160m+, and could challenge Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor ($198.5m) as the second highest-grossing WWII film in North America. Internationally, Dunkirk grossed $45.8m from 63 markets. Overseas and global cumes now stand at $131.5m and $232.8m. If Dunkirk can eclipse Saving Private Ryan’s $481.4m global total, it will be the highest-grossing WWII film worldwide. Top five foreign markets for Dunkirk are the U.K. ($35.4m), South Korea ($16.7m), Australia ($9.8m), France ($9.8m), and Spain ($4.7m).

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In second place, Sony’s The Emoji Movie was “meh” with a $24.5 million debut from 4,075 locations. Tony Leondis’ animated flick opened +15.1% above Warner Bros.’ Storks ($21.3m). The Emoji Movie broke one interesting record: it had the lowest opening weekend for a film debuting at 4,000+ theatres. Reception for Emoji Movie has been scathing – it boasts a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 6% (avg. critic score being 2.3/10 from nearly 50 reviews), and a 1.4/10 rating on IMDb from nearly 7,800 scores.

Regarding Emoji Movie’s abysmal IMDb score, it’s worth taking with a grain of salt (this isn’t the first time a movie with unfavourable buzz garnered an abnormally low score), but it is still indicative that people aren’t taking to the film. Despite the above, The Emoji Movie isn’t a flop for Sony – the film cost a reasonable $50m to produce, and if it follows the performance of this April’s Smurfs: The Lost Village (another panned animation from Sony), it will gross around $80m. A number that high comes off as unlikely, but Emoji Movie should still close with $60m-70m. There are no international numbers to report for The Emoji Movie, but it swarms the U.K., Germany, Korea, and other markets this week.

In third, Universal’s Girls Trip fell a light -37% to gross $19.65 million in its sophomore weekend. In comparison, STX’s sleeper hit Bad Moms fell -41.2%. Girls Trip has revved a $65.1m domestic cume thus far, and should hit $100m in the coming weeks – a fantastic success. Internationally, Malcolm D. Lee’s comedy opened to $2.1m in the U.K., its only overseas market for now. Global total for Girls Trip is $67.2m.

Atomic BLonde

Blasting into fourth, Focus Features’ Atomic Blonde delivered $18.3 million from 3,304 locations. Blonde’s performance is identical to that of John Wick’s, albeit with slightly higher numbers. If Blonde keeps that up, it will gross around $55m in North America. Atomic Blonde’s debut may come across as underwhelming, considering many predicted it would open above $25m, but bear in mind a couple of factors – it is a non-sequel in an action-saturated theatrical landscape, and Girls Trip is still drawing audiences. With that and the fact it cost a healthy $30m to produce, Atomic Blonde’s opening is fine. Reception for Blonde is decent; it has a 75% score on Rotten Tomatoes (avg. critic score being 6.4/10 from over 140 reviews) and a 7.2/10 rating on IMDb from nearly 7,700 scores. If Blonde doesn’t tumble next weekend, it should perform well through August. Overseas, the David Leitch/Charlize Theron/James McAvoy thriller opened to $5.94m from a few markets – Russia being the highest-grossing territory (don’t have actual numbers yet). Global cume for Atomic Blonde is $24.2m.

Swinging in fifth, Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming held on with a $13.26 million fourth weekend from 3,625 venues. Homecoming marked a -40.1% drop, its lowest so far. Jon Watt’s Spidey film has totalled $278.2m in North America, and it should hit the $300 million milestone in August. Internationally, Homecoming slung another $19.7m from 64 markets, giving it overseas and global totals of $355.4m and $633.6m, respectively. Spider-Man’s top five foreign markets are South Korea ($50.6m), the U.K. ($31.9m), Brazil ($29.7m), Mexico ($25.9m), and Australia ($18.4m). Homecoming still has China and Japan to come.

 

HOLDOVERS

War for the Planet of the Apes

6. War for the Planet of the Apes (Fox) – $10.47 million (-49.9%), $118.78m cume
7. Despicable Me 3 (Universal) – $7.59 million (-41.6%), $230.29m cume
8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (STX) – $6.36 million (-62.6%), $30.19m cume
9. Baby Driver (Sony) – $3.97 million (-34.6%), $91.97m cume
10. Wonder Woman (Warner Bros.) – $3.34 million (-27.5%), $395.24m cume

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for this week’s box office forecast, featuring Sony’s The Dark Tower, Annapurna’s Detroit, and Aviron’s Kidnap.

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