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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Dunkirk held onto the top spot at the weekend box office … but only barely. Christopher Nolan’s World War II episode grossed an estimated $27.8 million while incoming The Emoji Movie surprised naysayers with a $25.5 million debut. The frame’s other new national release, Atomic Blonde. charted fourth with $18.6 million.

Exclusive bows included dynamic starts for a few awards contenders. The follow-up to Oscar winner An Inconvenient TruthAn Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, grossed $130,000 on four screens. It will expand to 100 playdates next weekend. Detroit, focused on a personal drama within that city’s 1967 riots, opened to $360,000 from 20 incendiary engagements. Also off to hot starts were New York-set Yiddish-language Menashe with $56,300, and gonzo comedy Bigsby Bear opening to $43,800 from three screens.

Among international day-and-dates, Indian imports had promising starts. Punjabi Vekh Baraatan Challiyan had a potent $241,000 from 38 screens while Hindi Mubarakan opened to $280,000 at 128 venues. China’s Wolf Warrior II also got the thumbs up with $183,000 tally at 53 dens.

Revenues for the session edged toward $150 million and dipped 19% from the prior weekend. It was 23% lagging behind 2016 when the debut of Jason Bourne led with $59.2 million followed by Star Trek Beyond with $24.7 and newcomer Bad Moms grossing $23.8 million.

Confidence wasn’t overwhelming for the animated The Emoji Movie from any sector of the industry. Top end estimates slotted it at $20 million as late as matinee figures rolled in on Friday. Some insiders doubted it would outperform Atomic Blonde. The verdict changed Saturday morning with prospects it might become the weekend box office leader.

A studio spokesperson said he was “overwhelmed” by the response and “greatly encouraged” by commercial prospects with more than a month left in the summer season.

Withering reviews had no impact on its core crowd. Exit demos identified viewers as 64% aged 25 and younger with 78% grouped as families including 17% segmented as parents.

Though never seen as a wonder woman, Atomic Blonde was expected to debut with slightly more than $20 million. The ultraviolent spy yarn was generally well-received by critics but its Friday to Saturday boost was only 16% and barring overseas performance saw its prospects dim for a follow-up. Its likely muted commercial prospects are also reflected in exit demos that saw a slight male tilt of 51% with 62% of the audience aged 25 and older

Weekend (estimates) July 28 – 30, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Dunkirk WB 27.8 (7,420) -45% 3748 102.5
The Emoji Movie Sony 25.5 (6,260) NEW 4075 25.5
Girls Trip Uni 20.0 (7,570) -36% 2648 65.5
Atomic Blonde Focus 18.6 (5,620) NEW 3304 18.6
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 13.4 (3,700) -39% 3625 278.3
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 10.4 (3,080) -50% 3374 118.7
Despicable Me 3 Uni 7.7 (2,540) -41% 3030 230.4
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets STX/eOne 6.5 (1,840) -62% 3553 30.4
Baby Driver Sony 4.0 (2,050) -33% 1961 92
Wonder Woman WB 3.5 (2,130) -24% 1651 394.4
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 3.4 (2,110) -33% 1589 30.4
Cars 3 BV 1.0 (1,150) -48% 861 146.3
Wish Upon Broad Green .95 (1,040) -62% 907 12.9
Transformers: The Last Knight Par .55 (1.030) -53% 538 128.8
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .38 (4,500) -20% 84 3.1
A Ghost Story A24 .37 (1,130) 172% 329 0.93
Fidaa Blue Sky .37 (2,980) -63% 123 1.7
Detroit Annapurna .36 (17,900) NEW 20 0.36
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics .34 (1,510) -12% 228 4.3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV .29 (1,250) -21% 231 387.8
Mubarakan Sony .28 (2,200) NEW 128 0.28
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Fox .27 (1,020) -41% 267 72.4
Vekh Baraatan Challiyan Rhythm Boyz .24 (6,340) NEW 38 0.24
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV .21 (1,010) -14% 210 171
47 Meters Down Entertainment/VVS .20 (820) -56% 240 42.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $143.30
% Change (Last Year) -23%
% Change (Last Week) -19%
Also debuting/expanding
Wolf Warrior II Well Go .18 (3,450) 53 0.18
Lady Macbeth Roadside Attractions .18 (1,710) 42% 104 0.47
Landline Magnolia .14 (3,190) 161% 43 0.21
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Par .13 (33,020) 4 0.13
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky .12 (1,290) -28% 96 1.2
The Hero Orchard 65,800 (650) -55% 102 3.8
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside Attractions 64,500 (950) -45% 68 6.8
Menashe A24 56,300 (18,770) 3 0.06
Gautham Nanda iDream 51,600 (870) 59 0.05
Brigsby Bear Sony Classics 43,800 (14,600) 3 0.04
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 31,700 (770) -44% 41 5.5
Person to Person Magnolia 18,800 (6,270) 3 0.02
Nibunan PVR 5,100 (300) 17 0.01
A Family Man Vertical 4,400 (400) 11 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – July 27, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1370.6 20.60%
Universal (13) 1217.8 18.30%
Warner Bros. (17) 1043.2 15.70%
20th Century Fox (18) 945.9 14.20%
Sony (12) 550.2 8.30%
Lionsgate (14) 471.7 7.10%
Paramount (12) 381.7 5.80%
STX (6) 71.9 1.10%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 0.95%
Focus (11) 58.8 0.90%
Entertainment (2) 45.7 0.70%
Fox Searchlight (6) 42.6 0.65%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.60%
A24 (7) 37.2 0.55%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.50%
Other * (207) 270 4.05%
6644.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – July 27, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 1,261,913,613
The Fate of the Furious Uni 1,235,294,269
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 860,163,224
Wonder Woman WB 783,332,742
Despicable Me 3 Uni 775,828,536
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 769,452,354
Logan Fox 618,191,538
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 597,282,502
Kong: Skull Island WB 564,663,975
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 558,357,889
The Boss Baby Fox; DmWks 495,875,565
The Mummy Uni 393,300,646
La La Land * Lionsgate 384,729,036
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 380,297,263
Sing * Uni 369,492,462
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 344,515,124
The Great Wall Uni; China Film 334,181,954
The Lego Batman Movie WB 314,542,428
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony; Constantin 313,832,890
Split Uni 277,901,672
Kung Fu Yoga Well Go; Golden Network 274,332,509
Rogue One * BV 270,018,934
Cars 3 BV 255,579,353
Get Out Uni 252,802,945
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back Alibaba; Sony 251,521,078
* does not include 2016 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Annabelle: Creation 15 3502 New 15
Dunkirk 3.1 3762 -37% 145.4
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature 3 4003 New 3
The Dark Tower 2.3 3451 -62% 28.7
Girls Trip 3.6 2303 -44% 92.7
The Emoji Movie 1.9 3219 -51% 58.9
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2.6 2607 -34% 302.1
The Glass Castle 1.6 1461 New 1.6
Kidnap 1.4 2418 -54% 15.6
Atomic Blonde 1.3 2093 -48% 39.5
Also Debuting
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha 0.18 175
Nene Raju Nene Mantri 0.13 129
Once Upon a Time 0.11 51
A Taxi Driver 0.1 41
VIP2 55,800 96
LIE 55,600 99
Good Time 54,100 4
Ingrid Goes West 48,800 3
Jaya Janaki Nayaka 21,100 81
The Only Living Boy in New York 17,500 15
Whose Streets? 16,600 24
In This Corner of the World 6,400 6
The Nile Hilton Incident 2,850 2
The Farthest 2,400 3
Bedevilled 1,800 1
Open Water 3: Cage Dive 1,700 10
Catastropic 1,700 15
Pilgrimage 1,600 44
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
No Good Dead 24.4 (11,230) NEW 24.4
Dolphin Tale 2 16.6 (4,540) NEW 16.6
Guardians of the Galaxy 7.9 (2,550) -23% 305.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.8 (1,630) -26% 181.1
The Drop 4.4 (5,480) NEW 4.4
Let's Be Cops 4.3 (1,570) -22% 73
If I Stay 4.0 (1,320) -28% 44.9
The November Man 2.8 (1,030) -36% 22.5
The Giver 2.5 (1,120) -26% 41.2
The Hundred-Foot Journey 2.5 (1,270) -21% 49.4