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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This was an interesting weekend to behold. We had two films — The Emoji Movie and Atomic Blonde — have wide releases, but since one of these films was 💩 and the other was a midbudget action flick, neither still were unlikely to destroy the box office in a meaningful way. As such, it made for an interesting race between them and Dunkirk, a film that was critically loved, though not the most appealing to mainstream audiences. Here’s how it all shook out.

Dunkirk took the number one spot for the second weekend in a row. It took in a commendable $28.1 million, dropping only 44 percent from its first weekend. This is quite the respectable drop, and continued proof that solid reactions from fans and critics will give you a longer tail at the box office. It’s also of note that this weekend likely saw the film become profitable — to find out how we calculated that, CLICK HERE!

In second place was the critically panned Emoji Movie with $25.7 million. As of right now, the film is sitting at an abysmal 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning that it was facing a bit of an uphill battle with moviegoers who don’t want to waste their time. However, one advantage it does have is that it’s the only recent kids movie release (Despicable Me 3 was in its fifth week), and parents who wanted to get their kids out of the house likely took them to see this one regardless — hence the tight race between it and Dunkirk.

In third place is the comedy Girls Trip with $20.1 million, only dropping 35 percent from its first weekend. As I said last week, this film seems to have come out of nowhere, but with critics generally praising this one as one of the best comedies of the year, it’s no wonder that audiences are coming around to it.

In fourth place is Atomic Blonde, the latest offering from uncredited John Wick co-director and upcoming Deadpool 2 director David Leitch. The film made $18.5 million, and had fairly positive reviews from critics (though I wasn’t personally crazy about the flick). It’s not a crazy good opening, but given its mild $30 million budget, it will likely make the cost up in the coming weeks. When all said and done, it was likely a low enough risk that it’ll make some money in home sales, even if it doesn’t quite break even while in theaters. Its second weekend will be worth looking at, as its staying power will be an indicator of how successful it will ultimately be.

Take a look at the numbers for the weekend as a whole!

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 30, are below.

  1. Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $28.1M
  2. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $25.6M
  3. Girls Trip – Universal – $20.1M
  4. Atomic Blonde – Focus Features – $18.6M
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $13.5M
  6. War for the Planet of the Apes – 20th Century Fox – $10.4M
  7. Despicable Me 3 – Universal – $7.7M
  8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – STX Entertainment – $6.8M
  9. Baby Driver – Sony – $4.1M
  10. Wonder Woman – Warner Bros. $3.5M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 30, are below.

  1. Wolf Warrior 2 – Multiple – $125.7M
  2. Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $73.7M
  3. Despicable Me 3 – Universal – $43.8M
  4. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $33.2M
  5. War for the Planet of the Apes – 20th Century Fox – $30.9M
  6. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $25.7M
  7. Founding of an Army, The – Multiple – $24.0M
  8. Battleship Island, The – CJE – $22.5M
  9. Girls Trip – Universal – $22.1M
  10. Atomic Blonde – Focus Features – $21.6M

What did you think of this weekend’s box office? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo, comScore

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.