Weekend Box Office Breakdown: August 4 – 6

Box Office Results: Weekend of August 4

  1. The Dark Tower – $19.5 million
  2. Dunkirk – $17.6 million
  3. The Emoji Movie – $12.35 million
  4. Girls Trip – $11.41 million
  5. Kidnap – $10.21 million
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming – $8.8 million
  7. Atomic Blonde – $8.24 million
  8. Detroit – $7.25 million
  9. War for the Planet of the Apes – $6 million
  10. Despicable Me 3 – $5.28 million


August is off to a slow start in 2017, with a season low estimated cume. Newcomer The Dark Tower leads the pack with about $20 million, a meager opening for the Sony produced Stephen King adaptation. With a budget of $60 million, the film will look to see profit in the long run, but the film still opened below expectations.

On a day-to-day basis, The Dark Tower and others have fallen victim to Dunkirk, which has been slowly racking up a sizable profit. Domestically, the film has already surpassed its $100 million budget and is well on its way to being one of the top five grossing films of Summer 2017.

Speaking of top grossing films of Summer 2017, high scorer Wonder Woman has dropped out of the top ten for the first weekend since its debut in the first week of June. With an estimated $2.36 million, the DC universe film is on its way out. Still, it has bested Marvel to become the number one film of the Summer. Certainly no other film in August will stand to top it.

The other newcomer of the weekend, Kidnap, under-performed with a $10 million opening. From Aviron, the film could stand to make a profit given that its budget is likely in the low ten millions and that August isn’t going to see many high profile releases.

With Summer winding down, it makes sense that we see Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes remaining in the top ten after multiple weeks. The continued success of Girls Trip is more surprising, the film accumulating to date $85 million on a $19 million budget. The film is one of the surprise successes of the Summer.

We won’t be discussing The Emoji Movie. Kids like it and it’s making money, but we will not be discussing it.

The key change in this weekend’s box office estimates is Detroit. With a release expansion to 3,000 theaters, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit riot historical piece grossed a mere $7 million. Despite positive word of mouth, the film still didn’t have the broad mainstream appeal to cash in on early awards season buzz.

Lying just outside the top ten were Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver and Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The former: a success. The latter: not so much.


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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)


Estimated stats courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

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