Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Dunkirk” Vanquishes “The Emoji Movie” at Strong Box Office, but “Valerian” Is Seriously Dead


Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” crossed the $100 million line domestically today. It’s number 1 for the second weekend and has $234 million total worldwide. Warner Bros. has its second huge hit of the season following “Wonder Woman.” Also, two great publicity campaigns. What else do you want? Everything from here on out for “Dunkirk” is gravy. And the Oscars, Globes, Critics Choice for Director, Script, Best Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Editing, Score, etc plus Best Picture– nominations will rain down on them in the fall.

“The Emoji Movie” is number 2, a third for Sony this summer following “Spider Man: Homecoming” and the wonderful “Baby Driver.” The emoji at Sony is Happy Face, maybe with a champagne bottle.

You know it’s a good weekend when the fourth slot is an $18 million weekend — for “Atomic Blond” from the new Focus. All hail Charlize Theron.

“Girls Trip” is huge. It cost $19 million and has made $65 million. And it isn’t nice to see Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Larenz Tate and Regina Hall all in a hit?

Disaster: “Valerian” has made $30 million. It cost $200 million. So that’s that. Europa Corp. paid the bill, STX suffered the consequences. Luc Besson, I don’t get it. He’s one of a handful of directors who gets away with it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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