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'Dunkirk', 'Atomic Blonde' Dominate Weekend Box Office Predictions

31 July 2017

Christopher Nolan's new feature "Dunkirk" has officially been announced to be a hit at the box office, earning a reported $50.5 million dollars in its opening weekend in the United States and Canada alone. The same can not be said for the rest of the cast, which includes James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Christina Aguilera, and Sofia Vergara.

The CGI-animated family flick now holds an 8 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 1.4/10 on IMDb, and 10 percent on MetaCritic. Its B CinemaScore is also quite low for an animated movie, meaning audiences aren't particularly enjoying the movie either.

Bolstered by glowing reviews and widespread audience satisfaction (as reflected by an A-minus CinemaScore), Dunkirk declined just 44 percent in its second frame, bringing its domestic total to $102.8 million after 10 days in theaters. Taking the No. 2 spot and setting all millennials back in the eyes of the public is "The Emoji Movie" - an entire film based on a smartphone feature.

That leaves this week's other major release, Atomic Blonde somewhat straggling. Smurfs: The Lost Village failed to recapture the box office success of the previous two live-action adaptations, but made just enough ($196 million) for Direct To DVD sequels to be a possibility.

But it was still a very strong opening weekend for Oscar victor Charlize Theron's ass-kicking spy flick considering the entire budget was only $30M.

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It's also one of the largest launches for Focus, behind only Insidious Chapter 3 (US$22.7 million); London Has Fallen (US$21.6 million); and Burn After Reading (US$19.1 million). For director David Leitch, the opening is about $4 million higher than his John Wick, another stylish shoot-'em-up (which went on to get a sequel).

In third is Girls Trip. The sci-fi epic is now up to $30.6 million domestically.

Universal's release is posting US$20.1 million during its second weekend from 2,648 theaters, for only a 36 per cent drop from last weekend.

New release "Atomic Blonde" starts at #4 with $18.6 million, while "Spider-Man: Homecoming" takes fifth place on the strength of $13.5 million (cumulative total now $278.4 million). It's grossed $65.5 million domestically to date.

'Dunkirk', 'Atomic Blonde' Dominate Weekend Box Office Predictions