FILM: Box Office Hustle – Atomic Blonde-shell

As the hot days of summer keep rolling along, the cool, dark cinemas are offering some reprieve from the scorching heat. Last week, Dunkirk stormed in to theatres to the tune of $50.5 million, winning director Christopher Nolan his 6th #1 box office opener.

Last week’s other widely panned opener, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, fell short of expectations and finished well behind another less talked about debut, Girls Trip. The top 5 shook out like this (with previous week earning ranks, if available):

  1. (-) Dunkirk: $50.5 m
  2. (-) Girls Trip: $31.2 m
  3. (2) Spider-man Homecoming: 22.2 m
  4. (1) War for the Planet of the Apes: $20.9 m
  5. (-) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: $17 m

This week, we have another original debut to dazzle the screens after months of constant rehashes. A thrilling and dark spy flick, Atomic Blonde looks to steal the box office!

Weekend Blockbuster: Atomic Blonde

A fantastic review was written by our very own Alex Maldonado. Check it out HERE!

Here is an excerpt from his review:

“Atomic Blonde is an Action Spy Thriller starring Charlize Theron, John Goodman, and James McAvoy. Taking place in 1989, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is a top level spy for the British intelligence better known as MI-6. She is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent. She is told not to trust anyone, other than another British spy by the name of David Percival (James McAvoy).”

Here is the trailer released by Universal Pictures:

What You Need To Know

This isn’t the first turn behind the camera for director David Leitch, but it is his first major credit. He made his bones as a stuntman and actor on 80+ films, but began working as a second unit director on the 2003 film In Hell. His most recent work was filming scenes for John Wick, which shares visual similarities with Atomic Blonde.

The film is based on “The Coldest City”, a graphic novel written by Anthony Johnston and Sam Hart, which was adapted by Kurt Johnstad for the screen. Johnstad and Leitch took the source material and heightened the aspects of a jaded protagonist and an often-confusing plot.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

While this film can be hard to follow and not cerebral in the least, it will be fun to watch. It’s obvious that Leitch learned a lot from his time spent working on John Wick, and this film is a good start for him. It’s worth checking out for matinee prices.

Power Rankings for July 28-30 (Domestic)

  1. Dunkirk – The reigning champ. A strong first week combined with no big openers will lead to a second week win. Prediction: $27-29 M
  2. Atomic Blonde – A thrilling, gorgeous debut. Neon lights, lots of violence, and Charlize Theron. This movie packs a punch. Prediction: $ 20-22 M
  3. Emoji Movie – The kid’s go to the movies. Everybody loves to use their smiley faces or poop emojis, but they decided to make a movie starring them. The kids will enjoy the nonsense. Prediction: $20 M
  4. Girls Trip – A good second week. Despite low buzz and marketing, this movie slid in to second place last week. Look for it to continue to bring in decent numbers. Prediction: $17-18 M
  5. Spider-Man Homecoming – The final swing. While money will continue to roll in for the web-slinger, his time in the top of the ranking is over after this week. Prediction: $11-13 M

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