BOX OFFICE REPORT
July 28-30, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Emoji Movie||$25.6 million|
|Girls Trip||$20.0 million|
|Atomic Blonde||$18.5 million|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||$13.5 million|
In a miracle at the box office, Dunkirk kept its No. 1 spot, falling only 44 percent. An estimated $28.1 million kept one of the best-reviewed movies of the year from succumbing to one of the worst. Christopher Nolan's latest has crossed $100 million at a faster pace than Interstellar, and won't face too much competition in August.
Despite universally abysmal reviews, The Emoji Movie managed a surprising $25.6 million. With its low price tag of just $50 million, don't be surprised if Sony announces a sequel soon, even if that might violate the Geneva Convention.
But the real story of the weekend is the wonder women of Girls Trip and Atomic Blonde. The former slid only 35 percent, bringing its total to $65 million. It will soon pass director Malcolm D. Lee's own The Best Man Holiday to become one of the biggest African-American comedies of all time. (At least one not featuring Madea.) Atomic Blonde opened strongly too, with $18.5 million. That's even better than the first John Wick, and gets my hopes up for a sequel. Spider-Man: Homecoming rounded out the top 5. It should top $300 million in the next two weeks.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Al Gore's follow-up to his Oscar-winning documentary got mixed reviews, but made a strong debut. It averaged $32,500 on its four screens.
- Detroit got a jump start on its wide opening next week, debuting in 20 theaters. It earned more than $365,000. That's almost more than A Ghost Story, which was playing on 308 more screens.
- The Big Sick is now by far the year's biggest indie success story. The romantic comedy has now made more than $30 million.
Detroit opens everywhere, but it's still playing on less than 3,000 screens, which might keep it from hitting No. 1. Its biggest competition is The Dark Tower, which has been in the works for a long time but doesn't have a whole lot of buzz. So I'm predicting $30 million for The Dark Tower, with Detroit close behind at $26 million. Meanwhile, the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap should earn a surprising $15 million.