‘Dunkirk’ conquers box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Emoji Movie” survived negative reviews but couldn’t conquer “Dunkirk,” which had enough fight left to conquer the box office for a second weekend in a row.
Down only 44 percent from its first weekend, director Christopher Nolan’s World War II film earned $28.1 million to take first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Dunkirk” has grossed $102.8 million domestically to date.
Sony Pictures Animation’s “The Emoji Movie” finished second with $25.7 million. The film featuring the voices of T.J. Miller and Anna Faris as anthropomorphized emojis got pummeled by critics. It’s currently resting at a dismal 8 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences still turned out.
“Kids don’t care about reviews, and there is a severe lack of family films in the marketplace,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore.
Sony is expecting the film, which cost about $50 million to produce, to play well for the rest of the summer.
Also holding on quite well is Universal Pictures R-rated comedy “Girls Trip,” which fell a miniscule 36 percent from its debut weekend to take third place with $20.1 million.