Audiences say 'e-no-ji' to 'Emoji' as 'Dunkirk' repeats at number one


Some measure of balance has been restored to the universe: The Emoji Movie, critically drubbed and, you know, based on emojis, failed to take the number one spot at the box office over its debut weekend. Granted, the animated Sony release wasn’t a total flop, opening to $25 million on 4,075 screens. That puts it a smidge behind repeat champ Dunkirk, which enjoyed a $28.1 million haul on its second weekend for a domestic total of $102.8 million.

In third place, another second-week holdover hung on remarkably well: Girls Trip, which dropped a mere 35.6% to $20 million. That brings the R-rated comedy’s domestic total to $65.5 million against a reported $19 million budget. Just waiting on that sequel announcement, Universal…

New release Atomic Blonde performed slightly below expectations with an $18.5 million opening on 3,304 screens; it was budgeted at $30 million and was expected to hit $20 million on its opening weekend. Spider-Man: Homecoming rounds out the top five with a $13.4 million fourth weekend gross, bringing its domestic total to $278.3 million ($633.7 million worldwide).

Among limited releases, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit opened in 20 theatres to $365,455, for an extremely healthy per-theatre average of $18,273. It expands to 2,800 theatres this weekend. Bollywood comedy Mubarakan opened to $300,000 on 128 screens, and Chinese actioner Wolf Warrior 2 earned $190,000 on 53 screens. As for smaller screen counts, we have An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power ($130,000 on four screens, for the weekend’s highest per-theatre average), Menashe ($61,409 on three screens), Brigsby Bear ($45,060 on three screens) and I Dream In Another Language ($1,000 on a single screen).