'Dunkirk' repeats, surpasses $100 million domestically

A scene from the Warner Bros. Pictures action thriller "DUNKIRK," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Weekend Box Office for July 28-30, 2017

By bringing in $28 million over the weekend, an impressive 44 percent drop, Christopher Nolan’s WWII film “Dunkirk” became the first film to top the box office two weeks in a row since “Wonder Woman” did it nearly two months ago. That pushes the film’s domestic total over $100 million. Worldwide the film has earned $234 million against a $100 million budget.

With $25.6 million Sony’s “The Emoji Movie” gave “Dunkirk” a run for its money by outperforming the expert’s estimates by $5 million. The film, which was panned by critics who saw it, received a warmer welcome from audiences who rate the film a “B” according to CinemaScore. I haven’t seen the film, but its reasonably low budget of $50 million makes the odds of the studio earning back its investment plausible.

In its second weekend “Girls Trip” performed remarkably well by bringing in $20 million. An unheard drop of only 36 percent. That pushes the film’s total to $65.5 million after 10 days. The raunchy comedy, which stars Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Larenz Tate, only cost Universal $19 million to make.

"Atomic Blonde," the action thriller starring Charlize Theron will debut to around $18.5 million. That's something of a letdown for a film that seemed to have enough momentum to push past $20 million. While not a bad film, I was disappointed with the script, direction and use of music. The performances almost make the film recommendable, but really the movie isn't good enough to attract a wide audience. It still might make money, a lot will depend on the next two or three weeks. It will also be interesting to watch what the film's performance in Europe. For all the film's faults, I wouldn't be opposed to seeing more installments in the future.

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" wraps up the top five with $13.4 million. Domestically the film has earned $278 million. While that is considerably better than "The Amazing Spider-Man's" $260 million and its sequel's $202 million, the international numbers haven't been nearly as robust. Worldwide the film is sitting around $640 - $650 million, decidedly less than the $757 million and $708 million that the previous two films earned. "Homecoming" won over critics and was better received by fans, but Sony can't be all that impressed by the international performance.