Weekend box office: Dunkirk and Girls Trip do well while Valerian struggles

What other director could release a World War II film in the middle of the summer with no A-list leading actor and rake in over $50 million at the weekend box office?   Spielberg is past the point of being able to open a movie based on his name alone and the only director that might be able to do it is Tarantino, but even he doesn’t open at $50 million, even with A-list stars.  Christopher Nolan is in a class by himself when it comes to A-list directors and DUNKIRK (click the link to read our review) is the perfect example.  Not only did he bring people into the theaters without an A-list lead or a recognizable property, but he did it with universal praise and even some Oscar buzz.  The other big news of the weekend was the performance of GIRLS TRIP, which is flirting with $30 million.  I think it’s about time a studio take a chance on director Malcolm D. Lee with an A-list cast and a big budget and see what he can do with it.

Next week sees the release of THE EMOJI MOVIE.  Now, before we go and dismiss this as a terrible idea and an embarrassment to how Hollywood is running out of ideas, don’t forget about THE LEGO MOVIE, which had the same kind of pre-release complains.  No, I don’t believe THE EMOJI MOVIE will be anything like THE LEGO MOVIE, but I’m trying to keep an open mind.  It’s a tough movie to predict because it’s a kids movie in a time when there aren’t many kids movies in theaters, but I can’t imagine it taking the top spot.  Instead, I think it will come down to DUNKIRK and ATOMIC BLONDE.  Charlize Theron does her best John Wick impersonation and the trailers make it look like a lot of fun.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Dunkirk $50.5m

2. Girls Trip $30.4m

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming $22m

4. War For The Planet of The Apes $20.4m

5. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets $17m

6. Despicable Me 3 $12.7m

7. Baby Driver $6m

8. The Big Sick $5m

9. Wonder Woman $4.6m

10. Wish Upon $2.5m

(Deadline)

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