Dunkirk tops The Emoji Movie in tight domestic box office race
Christopher Nolan got a nice birthday present today, as his film, Dunkirk (Warner Bros. Pictures), held on to the top spot at the domestic box office a second straight weekend with $28.1 million, for a total of $102.8 million. Internationally, Dunkirk added another strong $45.6 million from 12,600 screens in 63 markets. The film has now earned $131.3 million overseas and $234.1 million worldwide, with markets like Italy (Aug. 31), China (Sept. 1), and Japan (Sept. 9) still a ways off. Made for $100 million, Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy.
Sony Pictures Animation‘s The Emoji Movie opened in second place with an estimated $25.7 million from 4,075 theaters, an average of $6,294 per theater. Directed by Tony Leondis, The Emoji Movie features the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara and Sir Patrick Stewart. The film, which received a B CinemaScore from audiences, cost $50 million to make.
Universal’s Girls Trip dropped one spot to third and only 36% in ticket sales with another $20.1 million and has now grossed $65.5 million after two weeks. Internationally, the film is only playing in the U.K. and Ireland and has earned $2 million there. Directed by Malcolm Lee on a budget of just $19 million, Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah.
Debuting in fourth place was Atomic Blonde (Focus Features) with $18.6 million from 3,304 theaters, an average of $5,616 per location. Starring Charlize Theron, the action film received a B CinemaScore. Directed by David Leitch and made for $30 million, Atomic Blonde also features James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones.
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming rounded out the top five, taking in $13.5 million domestically its fourth weekend. The superhero film has grossed $278.4 million in North America. Spider-Man: Homecoming netted another $19.7 million this weekend from 11,900 screens in 64 international markets, bringing its overseas total to $355.4 million. The worldwide total now stands at $633.8 million. Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya Coleman, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. The film was made for about $175 million.
War for the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox) brought in $10.4 million in sixth place this weekend and has earned $118.7 million after three weeks. Internationally, the third film added $20.5 million from 61 markets to push its total to $105.9 million. The worldwide total is at $224.6 million. Made for about $150 million, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary.
Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 grossed $7.7 million in the seventh spot its fifth weekend, for a total of $230.4 million. Internationally, the third installment has reached $588.8 million, which means that the worldwide total has crossed the $800 million mark with $819.2 million. Despicable Me 3 was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon. The $80 million film features the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, and Julie Andrews.
In eighth place, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets collected $6.8 million its second weekend and has earned $30.6 million after two weeks. Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, the $150 million film is distributed domestically by STXfilms on behalf of EuropaCorp.
Also in limited release, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit (Annapurna Pictures) earned $365,455 from 20 theaters, an average of $18,273, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount) grossed $130,000 from four theaters, an average of $32,500, A24’s Menashe received $61,409 from three theaters, an average of $20,740, and Sony Pictures Classics’ Brigsby Bear grossed $45,060 from three theaters, an average of $15,020.