U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up 28 – 30 July, 2017

Although it was Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk that won out the overall leader board for the weekend, it was Al Gore’s follow up An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (4 screens) that smashed the nation’s highest screen average with a $43,000 result and an $172,000 gross. Yes, you read that right, a $43,000 screen average. The climate change documentary sequel drove in discerning audiences which puts the film in fine stead when it begins its national expansion in the coming weeks and should see the film push to a $14m result domestically. Sadly, it is tracking 39% behind 2006’s original which hit $281,330 on a 4 screen limited opening and finished on $24.15m across 587 screens. Are we not listening to the science anymore?

Following on from there Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit (20 screens) also romped it in with a $19,600 screen average on a $394,000 opening weekend result. The film is also sporting a stunning 94% fresh from rotten tomatoes which puts the production in fine stead for a solid season. Comparatively 2014’s Selma debuted on 19 screens and hit $571,450 on a $30,076 screen average then expanded to bring the domestic total to $52.08m. Detroit looks more in the $38-$40m finish area.

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (3,748 screens) remains in pole position with a 46% drop off to gross $27.5m on a $7,337 screen average. With $102.2m in the kitty domestically and circa $220m globally, the $100m production is turning into a greater earner for Warner Bros. I still believe that the U.S. release of this was a gamble, albeit they are a naturally war hungry nation, and what a result this is. This should get close to $140m before it finishes up in the U.S. and around the $350m globally, making it Nolan’s 6th highest grossing film of his career behind The Dark Knight Rises ($1.1bn), The Dark Knight ($1bn), Inception ($826m), Interstellar ($675m) and Batman Begins ($373m).

The Emoji Movie (4,075 screens) spent its opening weekend wrestling with Dunkirk for box office supremacy and came in with $27m on a $6,626 screen average. The $50m production, which enters the market at the end of the summer frame, was absolutely slaughtered by critics with a 6% rotten score (possibly the lowest score of any animated film in the past 20 years). Not hard to see why given how cynical this premise is, cashing in on smart phone gimmicks, but that didn’t stop punters from grabbing the kids and hauling them off to see it. $75m domestically.

Girls Trip (2,648 screens) has a great second weekend, dipping only 36%, for a $20m result on a $7,553 screen average (which means, per theatre, this took in more money than Dunkirk). What’s so impressive about this hold is that, given the very African American target audience, it should’ve dropped by 50% at least in week two. Yet, it didn’t. This means that the film is attracting a broader female audience and with $65.4m in the kitty, this will nudge $100m before all is said and done. Girls Trip has all but tripled the gross of last month’s Rough Night ($22m) and decimated The House‘s by 2.5 times ($27.4m). All this great news for a $19m production! Congratulations Universal Pictures!

Atomic Blonde (3,304 screens) comes into the fray with an $18.3m opening on a $5,539 screen average. The $30m production opened a little modestly but, by no means, is it a disaster. Given the robust strength of Dunkirk, the resounding success of Girls Trip, and a very action heavy roster of competition, this R rated actioner had the deck stacked against it and held up well. It’ll hit near $50m for a domestic finish and, with a 75% fresh score from critics, Atomic Blonde should be able to hold off potential savage weekend drop offs domestically.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (3,625 screens) crosses $278.4m after 4 weekends in play with a $13.6m weekend. A $3,752 screen average is weak but should be enough to hold the majority of screens it has for another week and see the film nudge $300m domestically. The film has now surpassed both 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man ($262m) and 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro ($203m) domestically.

War for the Planet of the Apes (3,374 screens) drops 50% in weekend 3 for a $10.3m weekend on a $3,053 screen average. Nudging past $118.6m domestically, this puppy is looking to shore up at around the $140m mark. This confirms it is the weakest performance in the series and will come in 31% behind series winner Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ $203m domestic gross.

Despicable Me 3 (3,030 screens) crosses $231m after 5 weeks in play. Looking to finish around the $245m mark. That line makes it the weakest in the series, coming in behind the original’s $251.5m domestic result. Still, there’s plenty of life left in this puppy, kiddies!

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (3,553 screens) will go down as one of 2017’s biggest financial disasters as it plummets 63% for a $6.3m weekend on a $1,773 screen average. This, on the back of a disastrous opening weekend of $17m last frame, positions the U.S. finish at $40m (it now has $30m in the tank) if the loss of screens this week isn’t brutally savage. Given it cost $177.2m to produce (before marketing and publicity), the make good needs to be international and, in particular, France and China.

In Cinemas Friday 4 August, 2017 – The Dark Tower, Kidnap, Wind River, Detroit (expansion), Step

Figures from Deadline

1.) Dunkirk (WB), 3,748 theaters (+28)/ $7.9M Fri. (-60%) / 3-day cume: $27.5M (-46%)/Total: $102.2M/Wk 2

2.). The Emoji Movie (SONY), 4,075 theaters / $10M Fri. (includes $900K previews) / 3-day cume: $27M /Wk 1

3). Girls Trip (UNI), 2,648 theaters (+57) / $6.2M Fri. (-50%) / 3-day cume: $20M (-36%)/Total: $65.4M/Wk 2

4). Atomic Blonde (FOC), 3,304 theaters / $7.1M Fri. (includes $1.5M previews) / 3-day cume: $18.3M /Wk 1

5). Spider-Man: Homecoming (SONY/MARVEL), 3,625 theaters (-505)/ $3.9M Fri. / 3-day cume: $13.6M (-38%)/Total: $278.4M/Wk 4

6.) War for the Planet of the Apes (FOX), 3,374 theaters (-726) / $3M Fri. / 3-day cume: $10.3M (-50%) /Total: $118.6M/Wk 3

7). Despicable Me 3 (UNI/ILL), 3,030 theaters (-495) / $2.3M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7.9M (-39%) /Total: $230.9M/ Wk 5

8). Valerian and the City of One Thousand Planets (EUR/STX), 3,553 theaters (0) / $1.8M Fri. (-72%) / 3-day cume: $6.3M (-63%)/Total: $30.1M/Wk 2

9). Baby Driver (SONY), 1,961 theaters (-542) / $1.1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.1M (-32%)/ Total cume: $92.1M / Wk 5

10.) Wonder Woman (WB), 1,651 theaters (-320) / $983K Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.6M (-22%)/ Total: $395.5M / Wk 9

11.) The Big Sick (AMAZ/LGF), 1,589 theaters (-1,008) / $930K / 3-day cume: $3.3M (-34%)/Total: $30.4M/Wk 6

Notables:

Detroit (ANPA), 20 theaters / $132k Fri. /PTA:$19,6k/ 3-day cume: $394k /Wk 1

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (PAR), 4 theaters / $61k Fri./PTA: $43k/ 3-day cume: $172K /Wk

Menashe (A24), 4 theaters / $13k Fri./PTA: $12,7k/ 3-day cume: $51K /Wk 1

Brigsby Bear (SPC), 3 theaters / $17k Fri./PTA: $18k/ 3-day cume: $54K /Wk 1

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