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“Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” Fend Off “The Emoji Movie” and “Atomic Blonde”

July 28 - July 30, 2017

1. Dunkirk (2nd) - $28.1m

2. The Emoji Movie (Opening) - $25.6m

3. Girls Trip (2nd) - $20.0m

4. Atomic Blonde (Opening) - $18.5m

5. Spider-Man: Homecoming (4th) - $13.4m

6. War for the Planet of the Apes (3rd) - $10.3m

7. Despicable Me 3 (5th) - $7.7m

8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2nd) - $6.8m

9. Baby Driver (5th) - $4.0m

10. Wonder Woman (9th) - $3.5m

Also opening:

  • Detroit - $365.4k ($18.2k avg)

  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power - $130.0k ($32.5k avg)

  • Menashe - $61.4k ($20.4k avg)

  • Brigsby Bear - $45.0k ($15.0k avg)

THE GOOD

Another good week for last weekend’s selections. Dunkirk hits #1 for the second consecutive week and only drops 44.3%. It’s made $102m domestically––crossing its $100m budget already––and $234m worldwide. It should be able to double it before it finishes its run. Girls Trip, however, was even more impressive. It’s made $65m so far, dropping only 35.6%. Both films promise to be among the summer’s best non-franchise efforts.

Speaking of an impressive non-franchise effort (pending the rumored sequel), Baby Driver has had a rather modest drop from weekend to weekend, only dropping 33% in what is now its fifth week. It’s close to $100m at $92m so far and an additional $46m worldwide. Very laudable.

THE PRETTY SOLID

Not good enough to be on the good side, not bad enough to be on the bad side. Worth noting anyway: Detroit is well set up for its wide release next week with a modest $18k average between 20 theaters. This isn’t a scratch on Kathryn Bigelow’s past two acclaimed thrillers with Zero Dark Thirty’s impressive $83k––albeit coming off the back of hype and controversy and over the holidays––and The Hurt Locker’s $36k average, though it's notorious as the lowest grossing Best Picture winner. Summer is a different game though. Since critics are more than satisfied with the film; it should be poised to make around $30-50m.

With a $30m budget and an $18m debut for Atomic Blonde, it’s really tempting to call it a rousing success. Nearly. The marketing push was trying hard to make this the next John Wick (it’s by one of the same directors while the other worked on John Wick: Chapter 2, and this seems to be in the same vein). Expectations were probably set a little too high to hope it’d cross $20m (and beat Girls Trip) and while it probably won’t beat John Wick 2’s numbers at $92m, it has the upper hand at beating the first’s $43m. Charlize Theron’s rebirth as an action film goddess will not go to waste.

Box Office

Winner of the theater average this weekend is Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth sequel. It has a theater average of $32k between four theaters. Good for this weekend, but not a shade on the first one’s $70k average (also between four theaters) in 2006. They both came off the back of Sundance and Cannes screenings, but even if this sequel makes half of what An Inconvenient Truth made, it’ll still be one of the top grossing documentaries.

THE BAD

The Emoji Movie's reviews were––well, let’s just say our beloved critics will never be the same. Audiences, however, and by audiences I mean kids, don’t care. It’s colorful; it does its job. It seemed as though the film might beat Dunkirk this weekend and take the top spot but it fell short. That's not good for a kid’s movie, especially since it’s a free field––the last kid's movie was Despicable Me 3 a couple of weeks ago. The only thing stopping it from being our ‘ugly’ submission is the fact that it has a low budget for a film of its kind. It cost only $50m. It should be able to surpass that domestically by the end of its run.

THE UGLY

It was probably naive to say that Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ flop last week wasn’t ugly. Yes, EuropaCorp got its budget back from pre-sales and so on, but it needs to make something just not to make their investors look like fools and have trust in Luc Besson and the company again. It dropped the harshest this weekend, falling 60% and only making $30m domestically thus far. It’s counting on a bigger appeal worldwide, especially China, which we’ll find out about later this summer. It shouldn’t tank EuropaCorp single-handedly though. Not while it has the residuals from Taken to count on.