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Dunkirk Coasts; Dark Tower Crumbles; Emoji Movie Winking Face - Weeks 13 & 14

Wonder Woman
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Despicable Me 3
The Emoji Movie
Atomic Blonde
The Dark Tower
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Oh good golly, did Hollywood just not even try this year? People always say that summer seems shorter every year, yet when have the studios not even tried to sell tickets in August? August has provided some big hits over the years from Guardians of the Galaxy to Suicide Squad to even fun fare like Tropic Thunder and We’re the Millers. Now they’re giving us riots, wigs, and campy Matthew McConaughey… Oh my!

Dunkirk started as a warship and turned into more of a dinner cruise. With follow-up weekends of $26.6 million and $17.1 million for a $133.1 million total so far, Dunkirk looks certain to eventually pass Cars 3’s $147 million gross. The problem is Cars 3 is only at #6 for the season. To make it to the Top Five party, Dunkirk has to pass Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' $171 million and they might need to kick in that extra starboard engine if they want to catch that ship.

The Emoji Movie certainly has the most Eyes Wide Open Faces when people saw the initial 6% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Still the film opened with $24.5 million and managed a second weekend of $12.1 million for a 10-day total of $49.1 million off a $50 million budget. I thought millennials were just supposed to be letting smartphones raise their kids. Who’s taking children to this movie?! Oh yeah, probably their grandparents… and with most theaters now offering beer and wine during the flick, who can blame them? I’d been all over that if that’d been an option when my kid asked me to take him to Smurfs 2 four years ago.

As much as John Wick became more of a hit after it was in the theater, perhaps the same will be said of Atomic Blonde, the follow-up film from the director of John Wick. The first JW only opened with $14 mill and petered out at a $42 million gross. Atomic Blonde’s opening of $18.2 million and 10-day gross of $34 millions looks certain to top that. However, given it’s a summer release and summer films are suppose to open big or go home, sadly this is one blonde that looks likely to be shown the door.

The Dark Tower looked like the start of Return of the King. Two Stephen King novels were being turned into high profile movies and released just a month apart with this and It in September. Seems like the 1-2 punch missed as The Dark Tower opened with a dank $19.2 million debut. Poor Idris Elba, but when you make a movie like Obsession where you cheat on Beyonce for Ali Larter, you had to know something like this was going to happen. Consider this poor opening her Lemonade.

In 2013 Halle Berry was able to take a mediocre small-budgeted thriller like The Call to a $51 million total and roughly 23,467 showings on Showtime. I guess her new movie Kidnap opening with only $10 million fulfills the “Fool me once, shame on me; fool me twice, shame on you” mantra. I really hope Halle finds her thing before she permanently cements herself as this generation’s Kim Basinger.

Of course, even middle-of-the-road films are more appreciated in the summertime than “important” films. Detroit ran out of gas in its national release with a $7.1 million start. Kidnap outgrossed each screening of Detroit almost 2-to-1 and even I probably would’ve seen Kidnap twice then go out and see Detroit. There’s nothing wrong with important movies. It’s important to have important movies. It’s just that most of us are conditioned to go see these movies from December through February during the Awards season. The summer is for deciding which stupid movie to see so I can get out of the house and stop running the air conditioner. When I’m debating whether to spend $3 at the discount theater to watch either The Mummy or The House, something like Detroit doesn’t even enter the equation… and apparently I’m not the only one.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Wonder Woman - $399.4 million
#2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - $388.4 million
#3. Spider-Man: Homecoming - $295 million
#4. Despicable Me 3 - $240.9 million
#5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - $171.3 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 08/10/2017

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Atomic Blonde, Despicable Me 3, Detroit, Dunkirk, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Dark Tower, The Emoji Movie, Wonder Woman
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