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Weekend Box Office Report
July 21 - July 23, 2017




By Daniel Garris

Weekend Actuals Update:

With actuals in, Warner’s Dunkirk debuted with $50.513 M, which was right on par with Sunday’s studio estimate. Internationally, Dunkirk opened with $56.9 M from 46 markets. That places the film’s global total at $107.4 M. Key international debuts for Dunkirk included $13.1M in the U.K., $10.4M in Korea, $5.3M in France & $4.9M in Australia.

Universal’s Girls Trip exceeded Sunday’s studio estimate with a debut of $31.202 M. The stronger than expected Sunday performance of Girls Trip is further evidence of the film’s very strong word of mouth already having a positive effect.

Other weekend actuals for the frame include: Spider-Man: Homecoming ($22.150 M), War for the Planet of the Apes ($20.884 M), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets ($17.008 M), Despicable Me 3 ($13.012 M), Baby Driver ($6.071 M), The Big Sick ($5.008 M) & Wonder Woman ($4.608 M).

Weekend Estimates Update:

Warner’s Dunkirk was off to a healthy first place start this weekend with an estimated $50.50 M. Dunkirk opened towards the higher end of its wide ranging expectations, which had tended to range anywhere from $35 M to $55 M heading into the weekend. Compared to previous Christopher Nolan directed films; Dunkirk opened 6.3 percent ahead of the $47.51 M debut of 2014’s Interstellar and 19.6 percent behind the $62.79 M start of 2010’s Inception. In addition to Nolan’s fanbase, Dunkirk was also helped out this weekend by strong IMAX grosses, as the film’s estimated $11.71 M IMAX take represented 23.2 percent of the film’s overall gross this weekend.

Strong critical reviews also helped Dunkirk this weekend. The film currently has a score of 9.184 on our LoveHate Rate aggregate measurement of critical and online ratings, which is currently the highest rating of any 2017 release to date. At the same time, while Dunkirk appears to be going over well with audiences (it received an A- rating on CinemaScore), it also appears that the film isn’t going over quite as well with audiences as it has with critics. Dunkirk did display some front-loading this weekend. The film debuted with $19.79 M on Friday (which included a significant $5.5 M from Thursday night shows that began at 6PM), decreased 11.0 percent on Saturday to gross $17.60 M and is estimated to decline 25.5 percent on Sunday to take in $13.12 M. Dunkirk will hope to follow in the footsteps of Inception and Interstellar when it comes to holding power. In addition to the history of Nolan's films tending to be back-loaded, the long-term prospects for Dunkirk should be helped out in a big way by what will be a lengthy run on IMAX screens.

Universal’s Girls Trip was off to a terrific second place start this weekend with an estimated $30.37 M. The inexpensive comedy starring Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah exceeded its rapidly rising expectations and performed very well with its low price tag in mind. Compared to previous Malcolm D. Lee directed films, Girls Trip debuted 50.0 percent stronger than the $20.24 M start of last year’s Barbershop: The Next Cut and a slim 0.9 percent ahead of the $30.11 M launch of 2013’s The Best Man Holiday. This summer had seen its share of lackluster performances by R-rated comedies, but Girls Trip has bucked the recent trend to become the break-out comedy hit of the summer.

Girls Trip started out with $11.69 M on Friday (which included an estimated $1.7 M from Thursday night shows that began at 7PM), slowed just 4.9 percent on Saturday to claim $11.12 M and is estimated to decline 32.0 percent on Sunday to gross $7.562 M. Like Dunkirk, Girls Trip also benefited this weekend from strong critical reviews. Girls Trip currently boasts a score of 8.153 on our LoveHate Rate aggregate measurement. The film appears to be going over even better with audiences, as it received an exceptional A+ rating on CinemaScore. It appears extremely likely that Girls Trip will hold up well throughout the rest of the summer.

Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming placed in third this weekend with an estimated $22.00 M. Spider-Man: Homecoming declined 50.2 percent this weekend. That represented a respectable hold, especially given the overall new competition that entered the marketplace this weekend and that Spider-Man: Homecoming lost IMAX screens to Dunkirk. Spider-Man: Homecoming passed the $250 M domestic mark this weekend and has grossed a healthy $251.70 M in 17 days. That leaves Spider-Man: Homecoming just $10.33 M away from the $262.03 M final gross of 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently the fourth highest grossing release of 2017 domestically.

Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes fell three spots from last weekend to land in fourth with an estimated $20.40 M. War for the Planet of the Apes declined a sharp 63.7 percent, as despite strong critical reviews, the film doesn’t appear to be going over as well with audiences as each of its two predecessors did. War for the Planet of the Apes also took a direct hit from the arrival of Dunkirk this weekend. War for the Planet of the Apes has grossed $97.75 M in ten days, which places the film 29.8 percent behind the $139.21 M ten-day take of 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (which decreased 50.1 percent in its second weekend to gross $36.25 M).

STXfilms and EuropaCorp’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets debuted in fifth place with an estimated $17.02 M. Valerian opened towards the lower end of its relatively modest expectations and performed poorly with its expensive price tag in mind. However, it should also be noted that according to STXfilms “90% of the budget was covered with foreign pre-sales, equity financing and tax subsidies.” Valerian is expected to perform far stronger internationally where both the Valerian property and director Luc Besson are far more popular. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Valerian debuted essentially on par with the $17.03 M start of the Luc Besson directed The Fifth Element (way back in 1997), though the ticket price inflation adjusted opening for The Fifth Element stands at a much higher $32.99 M. In a more recent comparison, Valerian opened 8.9 percent below the $18.68 M launch of this year’s Ghost in the Shell.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets started out with $6.52 M on Friday (which included an estimated $1.7 M from Thursday night shows that began at 5PM), slowed 8 percent on Saturday to take in $6.00 M and is estimated to decrease 25.0 percent on Sunday to gross $4.50 M. Valerian currently has a LoveHate Rate of 6.010, as the film has received a mixed reception from critics and online users. The B- rating on CinemaScore for Valerian suggests that audiences are lukewarm on the film as well.

Universal’s Despicable Me 3 placed in sixth with an estimated $12.71 M. Despicable Me 3 continued to stabilize this weekend, as the film was down a very solid 34.3 percent. Despicable Me 3 has grossed $213.32 M in 24 days, which places the film 25.8 percent behind the $287.58 M 24-day take of 2015’s Minions.

Meanwhile, critical favorites Baby Driver and The Big Sick both held up very nicely this weekend. Sony’s Baby Driver declined a slim 31.1 percent to place in seventh with an estimated $6.00 M, while Lionsgate’s The Big Sick decreased just 33.9 percent to take eighth place with an estimated $5.00 M. Respective total grosses stand at an impressive $84.24 M in 26 days for Baby Driver and at a promising $24.54 M in 31 days for The Big Sick.

In other box office news, Warner’s Wonder Woman surpassed the $387.25 M current total gross of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become this summer’s highest grossing film domestically. Wonder Woman has grossed a massive $389.033 M in 52 days. The film placed in ninth for the weekend with an estimated $4.63 M, which was down only 31.9 percent from last weekend. Wonder Woman currently ranks in 27th place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list.





Weekend Studio Estimates for July 21 - July 23, 2017.

Film (Distributor) Weekend
Gross
Theatre
Count
Per-Thea.
Average
%Change
Total
Gross
TG to OW
Ratio
Week
1 Dunkirk
(Warner Bros.)
$50,500,000 3,720 $13,575 NEW $50,500,000 1.000 1
2 Girls Trip
(Universal)
$30,370,000 2,591 $11,722 NEW $30,370,000 1.000 1
3 Spider-Man: Homecoming
(Sony / Columbia)
$22,000,000 4,130 $5,327 -50.2% $251,702,000 2.151 3
4 War for the Planet of the Apes
(Fox)
$20,400,000 4,100 $4,976 -63.7% $97,751,000 1.737 2
5 Valerian and the City of a
Thousand Planets
(STXfilms / EuropaCorp)
$17,020,000 3,553 $4,790 NEW $17,020,000 1.000 1
6 Despicable Me 3
(Universal)
$12,174,000 3,525 $3,607 -34.3% $213,323,000 2.945 4
7 Baby Driver
(Sony / TriStar)
$6,000,000 2,503 $2,397 -31.1% $84,234,000 4.098 4
8 The Big Sick
(Lionsgate / Amazon)
$5,000,000 2,597 $1,925 -33.9% $24,539,000 3.245 5
9 Wonder Woman
(Warner Bros.)
$4,630,000 1,971 $2,349 -31.9% $389,033,000 3.768 8
10 Wish Upon
(Broad Green Pictures)
$2,478,000 2,154 $1,150 -54.7% $10,522,000 1.925 2
11 Cars 3
(Disney)
$1,927,000 1,294 $1,489 -38.2% $144,022,000 2.683 6
12 Transformers: The Last Knight
(Paramount)
$1,125,000 1,025 $1,098 -60.4% $127,562,000 2.855 5
13 47 Meters Down
(Entertainment Studios
Motion Pictures)
$440,000 449 $980 -61.4% $42,264,000 3.772 6

Maudie
(Sony Pictures Classics / Mongrel)
$390,000 233 $1,675 +58.4% $4,065,000 10.417 15
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
(Disney)
$357,000 268 $1,332 -29.9% $387,253,000 2.643 12
Captain Underpants:
The First Epic Movie
(Fox / DWorks Anim.)
$355,000 291 $1,220 +7.0% $71,759,000 3.009 8
The Beguiled
(Focus)
$252,000 331 $760 -72.7% $10,155,000 3.210 5
Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Men Tell No Tales
(Disney)
$250,000 229 $1,092 -49.6% $170,620,000 2.709 9
The Mummy
(Universal)
$197,000 214 $920 -45.7% $79,381,000 2.505 7
The Little Hours
(Gunpowder & Sky)
$163,000 114 $1,426 -44.3% $972,000 3.051 4
The Hero
(The Orchard)
$145,000 191 $760 -55.2% $3,705,000 4.415 7
A Ghost Story
(A24)
$141,000 43 $3,289 +4.4% $480,000 3.397 3
Lady Macbeth
(Roadside)
$123,000 40 $219,000 +90.8% $219,000 1.782 2
Beatriz At Dinner
(Roadside)
$114,000 116 $986 -49.3% $6,706,000 3.690 7
Baywatch
(Paramount)
$78,000 125 $624 -42.0% $58,007,000 3.135 9
Lost in Paris
(Oscilloscope)
$61,500 42 $1,464 -23.4% $242,000 3.016 6
Paris Can Wait
(Sony Pictures Classics)
$53,784 66 $815 -64.3% $5,449,000 7.632 11
Landline
(Magnolia / Amazon)
$52,336 4 $13,084 NEW $52,336 1.000 1
Megan Leavey
(Bleecker Street)
$41,049 87 $472 -60.2% $12,905,000 3.386 7
All Eyez on Me
(Lionsgate / Summit)
$30,800 62 $497 -78.5% $44,826,000 1.696 6
The Midwife
(Music Box Films)
$20,250 3 $6,750 NEW $20,250 1.000 1
The B-Side
(NEON)
$16,265 25 $651 -11.7% $94,584 5.136 4
Love, Kennedy
(Purdie Distribution)
$11,796 14 $843 -41.3% $305,000 6.738 8
13 Minutes
(Sony Pictures Classics)
$11,984 19 $631 +18.5% $74,540 4.716 4
Manifesto
(FilmRise)
$1,800 3 $600 -59.5% $153,000 11.347 11
The Bad Batch
(NEON)
$1,735 3 $578 +10.4% $181,000 2.032 5

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