DUNKIRK holds off emojis

Monday , 31, July 2017 Leave a comment

Christopher Nolan’s technically magnificent WWII feature DUNKIRK held on to the top spot for a second weekend, one of the lightest in memory in terms of attendance. The Warner Brothers release added another $28.1 million, which was enough to best Sony Animation’s THE EMOJI MOVIE. Burdened with some of the most vehemently negative reviews in recent memory, EMOJI took second with $25.7 million. The raunchy comedy GIRLS TRIP dropped only 36% to add another $20.1 million to its excellent run for the #3 position.

The other big newcomer this week, the Charlize Theron actioner ATOMIC BLONDE, somewhat underperformed with $18.6 million. The movie will likely make a profit given it’s small $30 million budget, but after a pretty substantial ad spend, Universal must be feeling a bit let down by those numbers.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS declined an additional 60% in weekend 2, officially making its domestic release a flop. Underdog BABY DRIVER declined only 33% and should be able to top $100 million, while the ever powerful WONDER WOMAN remained in the top 10 with a drop of only 23% and a new U.S. total of $395 million. That is the best of the summer and second only to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on the year end chart.

On the specialty market, DETROIT, the maiden release of Annapurna Pictures, scored an impressive $365,000 on only 20 screens; it will expand nationwide on Friday. The big release next weekend, however, is the Stephen King adaptation THE DARK TOWER. While King movies used to flood both multiplexes and television, they have become relatively scarce in recent years and are not the sure thing they once were. However, Sony seems confident in THE DARK TOWER’s prospects and have been advertising it fairly aggressively. It will be one of the bigger releases in what looks to be a rather quiet finish to the summer movie season.

Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Charlize Theron in ATOMIC BLONDE. Courtesy Focus/Universal.

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