Well, we were a bit off with our predictions of the three new wide releases this week taking over the top three spots on the chart. Two of them made it to the top while one floundered badly at Number 5. But we’ll get to that in a moment.
The one of the weekend’s two big surprises was the very strong performance of Christopher Nolan’s historical war drama Dunkirk, which opened at Number 1 with $50.5 million. This marks the first non-franchise film to top the box office this summer, and the first since March. Even more impressive, 23% of the film’s gross came from IMAX showings at 402 locations (of 3,720 total). Dunkirk is also playing in 46 international markets where it earned $56.9 million, topping the charts in the UK, France, Russia, Spain, Korea and Australia with IMAX showings accounting for 13% of that total. All told, Dunkirk has amassed over $107 million globally.
Second place went to the raunchy, R-rated comedy Girls Trip, which seems to have been a good bit of counter-programming to the male skewing Dunkirk (60%). The $19 million comedy earned a whopping $31.2 million domestically, which is $7 million more than last year’s Bad Moms. The audience for the film was 79% female, proving that women can carry a film and be funny. The film has not opened overseas.
Bringing up the rear, so to speak, was the sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets which could only muster up $17 million at fifth place, not a good sign for the $177 million special effects extravaganza. The film, which has received mixed reviews, is the most expensive French production ever, and is expected to play very well in that country when it opens next week, but even with the weak domestic opening, 90% of the film’s budget has already been covered by foreign pre-sales.
Taking a big tumble was last week’s Number 1, War for the Planet of the Apes, falling 63% down to Number 4 with $20.8 million. The $150 million film’s domestic total stands at $98.2 million with an additional $77 million coming from foreign markets for a global total of $175.2 million. Also falling in its third week is Spider-Man: Homecoming which dropped 50%, down one spot to Number 3 with $22.1 million. Domestically, the $175 million movie has earned $251.8 million and $571.8 million worldwide.
Wonder Woman is still hanging on in the Top Ten, this week dropping 32% to Number 9 with $4.6 million. With its worldwide gross at $779.6 million, it is now the second most profitable film in the DC Extended Universe behind Batman v Superman which ended its theatrical run at $873.2 million.
The coming weekend of July 28 will see two new wide releases, Atomic Blonde and The Emoji Movie. We surmise movie-goers will be more interested in seeing Charlize Theron kick ass than pay to see characters on their phones come to life. But The Emoji Movie may settle that one burning question everyone has: Chocolate or Poop?
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of July 21.
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo