Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:32 pm
The Christopher Nolan epic was *almost* overtaken by the critically-panned film
Dunkirk has held onto the top of the US box office for the second week running after smashing expectations in its opening weekend – but it faced slightly more competition that we probably expected it too this week.
Yep, it seems The Emoji Movie – the animated film that follows the 'Meh' emoji that's been panned by critics – gave Christopher Nolan's WWII epic a run for its money as the family film finished just $3 million behind Dunkirk this weekend, making $25,650,000 and placing it firmly at the second spot at the box office.
Dunkirk managed to hold onto the top spot by making another $28,130,000 in its second week of release, making for a total US box office gross of $103 million.
The film, which stars newcomers Fionn Whitehead and Tom Glynn-Carney, as well as Nolan favourites Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy and little-known pop star Harry Styles, focuses on the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk during World War II and has already been tipped as an Oscar contender.
Summer buddy-comedy Girls Trip, which stars Queen Latifah and Jada-Pinkett Smith in a Bridesmaids meets The Hangover-style movie, took the third spot, making $20,085,540 in its second weekend – not bad when you consider that the film's budget was just $19 million.
Elsewhere, new arrival Atomic Blonde, the action movie starring Charlize Theron, earned $18,554,000 in its debut weekend, putting it at number four at this week's box office round up, while Spider-Man: Homecoming clung onto a spot in the top five, making another $13.5 million after four weeks of release.
Still, it's all better news than what's facing the verifiable box office flop Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets this week, which follows up a poor opening with a 60% drop in takings in its second week of release.
The film, which stars Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan, took in another $6,800,000 for a total US box office taking of $30,626,147 so far, and managed to drop three places down to the eighth spot as it did so too.
Check out the July 28-30 figures below:
1. Dunkirk — $28.1 million
2. The Emoji Movie — $25.7 million
3. Girls Trip — $20.1 million
4. Atomic Blonde — $18.6 million
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $13.5 million
6. War for the Planet of the Apes — $10.4 million
7. Despicable Me 3 — $7.7 million
8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets — $ 6.8 million
9. Baby Driver — $4.1 million
10. Wonder Woman — $3.5 million