×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: ‘Emoji Movie’ Faces Tough Competition in ‘Dunkirk’

The Emoji Movie” may be getting a lot of negative reacts from critics, but that isn’t necessarily stopping the masses from enjoying the emoticons on the big screen. The animated comedy is neck-and-neck with “Dunkirk” in its second week, both tracking at $27 million.

Sony’s “Emoji Movie” is the big release of this summer weekend, opening in 4,075 theaters. After taking in just $900,000 in Thursday night previews, the T.J. Miller-led movie made another $10 million on Friday. Should this pattern continue, “Emoji” will see a debut of just over $27.5 million — more than half of its estimated $50 million budget.

Perhaps more impressively, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is giving the family friendly comedy a run for its money at just under $27.5 million in its second frame. Warner Bros.’ World War II drama took in $8 million from 3,748 locales on Friday, setting the film up to cross the $100 million mark at $102 million by weekends’ end.

Outside of the race for the top spot, new entry “Atomic Blonde” is also facing tough competition from “Girls Trip” for No. 3. Charlize Theron and James McAvoy’s R-rated, espionage thriller from Focus and Sierra/Affinity took in $7 million from 3,304 theaters on Friday. That number will translate to a $18 million opening by end of day Sunday. However, that may not be enough to top Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Tiffany Haddish’s raunchy, R-rated comedy. “Girls Trip” took in a further $6 million of Friday from 2,648 venues, setting up a $19 million second frame for the Universal project.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is swinging into fifth place during its fourth week. After taking in $4 million on Friday, Sony-Marvel’s superhero outing will finish the weekend with $13.5 million, bringing its domestic total to just over $275 million.

“War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Despicable Me 3,” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “Baby Driver,” and “Wonder Woman” round out the rest of the top 10.

More Film

  • Aruna and Her Palate review

    Berlin Film Review: ‘Aruna & Her Palate’

    When mouthwatering Indonesian cuisine and romance are on the table, “Aruna & Her Palate” is a bouncy crowd-pleaser. Less tasty is the backdrop of a suspected bird flu outbreak that brings a food-loving epidemiologist into contact with her secret crush. Adapted from Laksmi Pamuntjak’s 2014 novel “The Bird Woman’s Palate,” “Aruna” manages to overcome its [...]

  • 'Duke' Review: Two Fake Cops Patrol

    Film Review: 'Duke'

    If you can envision “Let’s Be Cops” reconstituted as a noirish psychodrama, you may be adequately prepared for “Duke,” an uneven but arresting indie thriller about two siblings who are driven to heroic extremes by childhood traumas. Co-directed by twin brothers James and Anthony Gaudioso, who also appear in strikingly different supporting roles, the film [...]

  • Greek Director Probes Deeper Issues in

    Greek Director Probes Deeper Issues in Berlin Festival Film 'Sargasso Sea'

    After a sudden suicide turns a small eel-farming town upside down, an investigation unearths troubling secrets about the town’s past. Those discoveries will bring together two women trapped in solitary lives, offering each a chance to find salvation. “The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea” is the third feature by Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas. Starring frequent [...]

  • Xavier Legrand Custody

    France's Cesar Awards Leads the Way for the Oscars

    Since 2011, France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma has steadfastly held its annual awards ceremony the Friday before the Academy Awards. And if launching the Césars two days before the Oscars holds a real, practical benefit — allowing those walking both red carpets time to linger over their last flutes of Champagne before [...]

  • Australian Director Gameau Challenges Audiences to

    Australian Director Gameau Challenges Audiences to Improve the Planet

    Bright-eyed Australian director Damon Gameau set out in his previous movie, “That Sugar Film” to challenge everyday thoughtlessness about the dangers of our modern lifestyle — and became profoundly sick while doing so. In his new film “2040,” which plays in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section and which he styles as a “hybrid feature documentary,” Gameau [...]

  • WGA West Logo

    Writers Guild Sends Hollywood Agents Proposed Code of Conduct

    Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have sent Hollywood talent agencies a proposed “Code of Conduct” with tough new restrictions on how they operate as agents for writer clients. The WGA made the disclosure Thursday night in an email to its 12,000 members, a day after announcing that it will hold a March 25 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content