U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 21 – Sun 23 July, 2017

Where the war came to the U.S. box office, the people responded and that seems to be the case for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (3,720 screens) as it romps it in with a $51m opening weekend on a $13,710 screen average. What’s particularly impressive about this is that there’s not one American in it, it details a campaign in the war they had no participation in and its non-linear structure which would normally deter an American audience. It’s a huge collective sigh of relief for Warner’s $150m production which had tracking figures suggesting a much softer bow domestically. With a 92% fresh score and a slew of baby boomers and military aficionados yet to see the film, this should push to a $180m+ result with prospects internationally much stronger.

Girls Trip (2,591 screens) acts as a perfectly counter programmed release for women (especially African American women) amidst a see of male skew titles as it smashes a $28.1m opening weekend on a $10,845 screen average. That’s one hefty performance for the $19m budgeted production and will have Universal laughing all the way to the bank. Reviewers dug the film, too, awarding it an 89% fresh score, something that this genre rarely sees and, based on that and the lack of competition in the coming weeks, Girls Trip has every chance to push to a $100m result should the audience demographically break ranks and women across the board embrace it. My money is firmly in the $70m range but fingers crossed it can broaden its horizons.

War for the Planet of the Apes (4,100 screens) plummets 61% week on week under the weight of Dunkirk for a $21.7m sophomore weekend. Bringing the haul to $99.1m domestically, that puts the finish line around the $140m domestically and $437m globally making it the weakest entry in the series coming in 27% behind average. It’s a disappointing fall, nothing to do with the quality of the picture, just the fierce competition in the market place.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (4,130 screens) falls 51% in weekend 3 for a $21.6m result to fill the coffers to $251.3m. This is looking like a $310m domestic finish with a $700m global result. Very healthy little reinvigorator, indeedy.

Valerian And The City of A Thousand Planets (3,553 screens) hugely disappoints on opening with $16.7m on a $4,700 screen average. The $180m Luc Besson production couldn’t stave off the big studio content to get cut through for its digital bonanza wares. Tracking was always bad on this one, no bankable stars, no real understanding of the franchise and a summer full of superhero movies didn’t help along with the reviews which are decidedly mixed with a 54% rotten score. The most expensive French film of all time, Besson and Co will be looking to the international market to make up the shortfall as the U.S. domestic take looks to be in the $30m range. I fear this level of performance will be repeated here, too.

Despicable Me 3 (3,525 screens) crosses $212.5m domestically as it aims for a $250m domestic finish. Yes, it’s softer than its predecessors, but there’s still plenty of life left in this franchise yet.

Baby Driver (2,503 screens) nudges $84m domestically which marks Edgar Wright’s best performing film of his career in the U.S. out doing his other times by nearly 300%.

In Cinemas Friday 28 July, 2017 – Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, From the Land of the Moon, Menashe, Mubarakan

Figures from Deadline

1). Dunkirk (WB), 3,720 theaters / $19.7M Fri. (includes $5.5M previews) / 3-day cume: $51M /Wk 1

2). Girls Trip (UNI), 2,591 theaters / $11.7M Fri. (includes $1.7M previews) / 3-day cume: $28.1M /Wk 1

3.) War For The Planet Of The Apes (FOX), 4,100 theaters (+78) / $6M Fri. (-73%) / 3-day cume: $21.7M (-61%) /Total: $99.1M/Wk 2

4). Spider-Man: Homecoming (SONY/MARVEL), 4,130 theaters (-218)/ $6.4M Fri. / 3-day cume: $21.6M (-51%)/Total: $251.3M/Wk 3

5). Valerian And The City of A Thousand Planets (EUR/STX), 3,553 theaters / $6.6M Fri. (includes $1.7M previews) / 3-day cume: $16.7M /Wk 1

6). Despicable Me 3 (UNI/ILL), 3,525 theaters (-630) / $3.8M Fri. (-46%) / 3-day cume: $11.9M (-38%) /Total: $212.5M/ Wk 4

7). Baby Driver (SONY), 2,503 theaters (-540) / $1.7M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5.7M (-34%)/ Total cume: $83.9M / Wk 4

8.) The Big Sick (AMAZ/LGF), 2,597 theaters (0) / $1.4M / 3-day cume: $4.6M (-39%)/Total: $24.1M/Wk 5

9.) Wonder Woman (WB), 1,971 theaters (-773) / $1.3M Fri. (-33%)/ 3-day cume: $4.2M (-38%)/ Total: $388.6M / Wk 7

10). Wish Upon (BG), 2,154 theaters (-96)/ $794K / 3-day cume: $2.4M (-56%)/Total: $10.4M/Wk 2