It’s ‘Dunkirk’ for the win again

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Tre’vell An­der­son trev­ell.an­der­son @la­times.com Twit­ter: @Trev­el­lAn­der­son

Christo­pher Nolan’s World War II drama holds off emo­jis and more to re­tain top spot at the box of­fice.

In the week­end’s box-of­fice bat­tle, Sony new­comer “The Emoji Movie” was no com­pe­ti­tion for Warner Bros.’ “Dunkirk.”

The WWII drama took first place for a sec­ond week with an es­ti­mated $28.1 mil­lion in the U.S. and Canada, beat­ing an­a­lyst ex­pec­ta­tions of $25 mil­lion. “Dunkirk” grosses have been bol­stered by pow­er­ful re­views and wide­spread in­ter­est in Christo­pher Nolan’s ren­der­ing of the res­cue Al­lied sol­diers from a French beach as Ger­man forces closed in. The film has grossed $102.8 do­mes­ti­cally, plus more than $131 mil­lion over­seas.

“The Emoji Movie” came in sec­ond with $25.7 mil­lion, meet­ing an­a­lyst pro­jec­tions of $25 mil­lion to $30 mil­lion and sur­pass­ing the stu­dio’s ex­pec­ta­tions of $20 mil­lion.

The com­puter-gen­er­ated com­edy, which stars T.J. Miller (“Sil­i­con Val­ley”) as a “meh”-faced emoji with no fil­ter, takes place in an app­filled world where emo­jis — in­clud­ing Pa­trick Stew­art as the voice of Poop — wait to be used in text mes­sages. James Cor­den, Anna Faris and Maya Ru­dolph also voice char­ac­ters.

Au­di­ences and crit­ics di­verged in their re­cep­tion of the film. Movie­go­ers (50% younger than 18 and 52% fe­male) gave the pic­ture a B grade from Cine­maS­core (the film had an A-mi­nus from the tar­get au­di­ence of those un­der age 18). That com­pared with a poor 8% pos­i­tive rat­ing from crit­ics on Rot­ten Toma­toes.

Com­ing in third was Univer­sal’s “Girls Trip,” with $20.1 mil­lion. It has grossed $65.5 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally.

Fo­cus Fea­tures’ “Atomic Blonde” de­buted in fourth place with $18.6 mil­lion, slightly be­low an­a­lyst pro­jec­tions of $20 mil­lion.

The de­cid­edly R-rated ac­tion thriller star­ring Char­l­ize Theron as a lethal spy was met with raves when it de­buted at the South by South­west Film Fes­ti­val in March. Now the film’s wide re­lease is test­ing au­di­ences’ ap­petite for the stylish pic­ture that’s billed as a fe­male twist on James Bond and John Wick movies.

And au­di­ences seem pleased, giv­ing the pic­ture a B Cine­maS­core. Crit­ics have also gen­er­ally fa­vored the Sierra/Affin­ity-fi­nanced film, as it has a 75% Rot­ten Toma­toes rat­ing.

Round­ing out this week’s top five was Sony’s “SpiderMan: Home­com­ing,” with $13.5 mil­lion in its fourth week. It’s pulled in $278.4 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally, plus more than $355 mil­lion over­seas.

This week, Sony re­leases “The Dark Tower” star­ring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, and Av­i­ron re­leases its Halle Berry-led thriller “Kid­nap.” Also, Fox Search­light will re­lease the doc­u­men­tary “Step” lim­it­edly.

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