Box-Office for Weekend of July 28-July 30: Dunkirk Dominates

“Dunkirk” occupies once again the weekend’s first place film at the domestic box-office.

Christopher Nolan’s latest from Warner over-performed last weekend when it opened to over $50 million, showing that the director, combined with positive critical reception, still has a strong draw — even for a movie lacking movie star power.  It looks to take in $28.1 million from 3,748 locations, for a strong hold.

It’s the first time that a movie has been first place two weekends in a row since “Wonder Woman” in early June. Patty Jenkins’ movie has had a phenomenal run since, and is currently is around $400 million domestic ($395.4 million to be exact).

Emoji Movie

“Emoji” is in second for the weekend with $25.7 million from 4,075 locations. The animated adventure took a lot of heat from critics — reaction ranged from meh to horrible, earning its current Rotten Tomatoes score of 8%. Its B CinemaScore is low for an animated movie, meaning audiences aren’t particularly enjoying the movie either.

T.J. Miller plays the central character, a “Meh” emoji who has “no filter,” meaning his expression can change. The same cannot be said for the rest of the cast, which includes James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Christina Aguilera, and Sofia Vergara. Oh yeah, and Sir Patrick Stewart plays “Poop.”

This week’s other major release, “Atomic Blond,” released by Focus Features and Sierra/Affinity should perform below expectations launch for the Charlize Theron-starrer with $18.5 million from 3,304 locations.

But the opening weekend result is still solid considering its $30 million budget. It’s also one of the largest launches for Focus, behind only “Insidious Chapter 3” ($22.7 million); “London Has Fallen” ($21.6 million); and “Burn After Reading” ($19.1 million).

The R-rated spy thriller has been compared to a female “Bond” or “John Wick.” Its stuntman-turned-director David Leitch will next helm the “Deadpool” sequel. “Blonde’s” launch is bigger than the first “Wick,” which opened in Fall 2014 to $14.4 million, but less than its sequel ($30.4 million).

In “Atomic Blonde,” Theron plays a hardcore action star named Lorraine Broughton.

The rest of the cast includes James McAvoy, John Goodman, and Sofia Boutella.

Focus shows commitment to putting women in and front and behind the camera with recent releases including “The Beguiled” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” “There’s always a thought process behind ‘Let’s see some diversity. This is definitely a movie where Charlize takes center stage. She can fight men, and she can beat men, so it’s a really empowering movie to go see.”

“Atomic Blonde” will land just below the summer comedy event, “Girls Trip.” Universal’s release is posting $20.1 million during its second weekend from 2,648 theaters, for only a 36% drop from last weekend.

EuropaCorp and STX’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” flopped last weekend, and is falling off fast. This weekend, Luc Besson’s epic domestic dud should make $6.8 million from 3,553 locations.

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is hanging in the top five with an additional $13.5 million this weekend.

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power,” the follow-up to 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth” opened in limited release to the highest per screen average of the weekend. From four locations, the docu made $130,000, putting the breakdown at $32,500 per screen. Al Gore’s participation in Q&As at some of the L.A. screens probably didn’t hurt the draw.

And Annapurna showed Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” at 20 locations before its wide rollout next weekend.  The critically acclaimed crime drama took in $365,455 for a per screen average of $18,273.

Annapurna’s distribution head Erik Lomis pointed to strong exit information, including 71% of the audience marked “definite recommend.” “It’s a Kathryn Bigelow film, so it’s for everybody,” he added.

 

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