Dunkirk fends off attack from The Emoji Movie

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

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