BOX OFFICE REPORT
July 21--23, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Girls Trip||$30.3 million|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||$22.0 million|
|War for the Planet of the Apes||$20.4 million|
|Valerian and the City
of a Thousand Planets
Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk took charge at the box office, with an estimated $50.5 million. While the film took in more in its opening weekend than his 2014 sci-fi drama Interstellar, it's still off from his box office behemoths like Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy. Still, for a movie that's not a sequel, remake or based on a comic book, that's an impressive debut indeed.
Even more impressive is Girls Trip, the raunchy comedy starring a quartet of very funny African-American women. Like Bridesmaids or The Hangover before it, it delivered a strong debut on a relatively small budget, with audiences praising its non-stop laughs. The film earned $30.3 million this weekend alone, already more than its $19 million budget. It should be one of the summer's sleeper hits.
Spider-Man: Homecoming fell another 50 percent in its third weekend, taking it to just north of $250 million. That means it should pass The Amazing Spider-Man by next weekend, as well as Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the 9th-biggest MCU movie to date. War for the Planet of the Apes slipped to fourth in its second weekend. That's a sizable drop, and means it hasn't crossed $100 million yet. It will definitely be the smallest entry in the franchise. But that's more than you can say for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the bonkers adaptation of the French comic book from Luc Besson. The independently financed $200 million blockbuster managed an extremely weak $17 million. That's about what The Fifth Element opened with 20 years ago in 1,000 fewer theaters.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Landline, the latest dramedy from Gillian Robespierre. The '90s-set film averaged $13,084 on four screens.
- After eight weeks in the top 10, Wonder Woman finally surpassed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become the second-biggest movie of 2017. It won't catch the year's most massive success: Beauty and the Beast, which earned more than half a billion dollars.
- Despicable Me 3 may be the end of the line for Gru. It will be the lowest-grossing film in the franchise, including the Minions spin-off, earning less than $250 million.
Charlize Theron kicks all the double-crossing asses in the sexy action thriller Atomic Blonde, from the co-director of John Wick. I think it will be a photo finish with the second week of Dunkirk. I think it will edge Dunkirk slightly with $30 million. And if all our prayers are answered, The Emoji Movie will crash and burn with $18 million.