It was a good week for original films at the box office. Six of the top ten money makers were all non-franchise or sequels. Chief among them, was Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. The World War II thriller topped the charts in it’s first week. There were a few milestones and stumbles this weekend so let’s dive a little deeper into the weekend box office.

THE TOP FIVE

1. Dunkirk (Our Review)
Weekend Take: $50.5 million
Worldwide Total: $107 million
Budget: $150 million
Weeks In Release: New Release
Nolan’s war thriller became the first non-franchise film to top the weekend this summer. With positive word of mouth and high critical scores (93% Rotten Tomatoes, 94 Metascore) should give the movie some staying power. For Nolan, it is fourth largest opening of all time fitting in between Inception ($62 million) and Batman Begins ($48.7 million). The film also has yet to open in a few international markets. “Box Office Mojo” reported the demographics of the film favored older crowds, and that IMAX was a major factor in its weekend take.

2. Girls Trip (Our Review)
Weekend Take:
$31.2 million
Worldwide Total:
No International Numbers
Budget:
$19 million
Weeks In Release: New Release
The biggest surprise of the weekend was indeed, Girls Trip. Malcolm D. Lee’s female led comedy scored a $31.2 million opening in the United States. The take is Lee’s highest for an opening weekend for any film he has directed, topping The Best Man Holiday by a little over $1 million. Coming in with a per theater average of over $12,000, Girls Trip played to an audience that consisted of 59% African-American and 71% female. With no comedies of note coming in the next few weeks, expect the movie to have legs at the box office with little to no competition.

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Our Review)
Weekend Take: $22.1 million ($251.8 million total domestically)
Updated Worldwide Total:
$571 million
Budget:
$175 million
Weeks In Release: 3rd
As the highest placed returner from the weekend, Homecoming dropped just 50% in it’s 3rd weekend. Crossing the $550 million mark worldwide, the movie leap frogged War for the Planet of the Apes, last weeks champion. In the U.S., Homecoming slots in as the fifth highest grossing (of six) in the history of Spider-Man releases although it will likely pass The Amazing Spider-Man for fourth place. The 2012 reboot sits just $11 million ahead of Homecoming.

4. War for the Planet of the Apes (Our Review)
Weekend Take: $20.8 million ($98.2 million total domestically)
Updated Worldwide Total:
$175.2 million
Budget:
$150 million
Weeks In Release: 2nd
Last weeks champ, somewhat unexpectedly, fell to number four in its second weekend. A 62% drop from the week before, the latest apes film worldwide total has eclipsed its budget. War continues the massive drop trend of summer blockbusters that possibly only Wonder Woman has been immune to. It still ranks as the lowest grossing of the three Apes prequels but could have Rise of the Planet of the Apes in its crosshairs.

5. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Our Review)
Weekend Take: $17 millionWorldwide Total: No International Numbers
Budget: $177 million
Weeks In Release:
New Release
Valerian’s low numbers came as a surprise to very little. Though it didn’t open in foreign markets, the film is said to have gained 90% of its budget back with foreign pre-sales alone. In France, it’s expected to do big numbers. But, Valerian got off to horrid start domestically. Although budget numbers have not been solidified (some outlets reporting as low as $150 million to as high as $209 million) it sure looks to be one of the bigger bombs of the summer. Likely, the movie won’t stick around with similar fare opening in the coming weeks.

ROUNDING OUT THE TOP TEN

6. Despicable Me 3
Weekend Take: $13 million
Updated Worldwide Total: $732 million
Budget: $80 million
Weeks in Release: 4th

7. Baby Driver (Our Review)
Weekend Take: $6 million
Updated Worldwide Total:
$118.7 million
Budget:
$34 million
Weeks in Release:
4th

8. The Big Sick (Our Review)
Weekend Take: $5 million
Updated Worldwide Total:
$24.6 million
Budget:
No budget given
Weeks in Release:
5th

9. Wonder Woman (Our Review)
Weekend Take: $4.6 million
Updated Worldwide Total: $779.6 million
Budget: $149 million
Weeks in Release: 8th

10. Wish Upon (Our Review)
Weekend Take:
$2.4 million
Updated Worldwide Total:
$10.5 million (No international release)
Budget:
$12 million
Weeks in Release:
2nd

INDIES

-A Ghost Story (distributed by A24) expanded into 43 total theaters and grossed $137,385 in it’s second weekend.

-Magnolia’s Landline opened in four theaters. The indie comedy starring Jenny Slate earned $52,555 in its first weekend with expansion to come.

NEXT WEEKS OUTLOOK

NEW RELEASES
WIDE
Atomic Blonde – ~3,200 theaters
The Emoji Movie- ~3,700 theaters

LIMITED
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power – 4 theaters

Focus Features Atomic Blonde could ride positive buzz to a decent weekend and a potential top five finish. Despicable Me 3 is set to finally have competition, and The Emoji Movie could give it a hit. Despite quality, kids films tend to rock the box office so it could stir up that top five.

All Numbers Courtesy of Box Office Mojo

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