Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed World War II drama Dunkirk out-smiled new family animated film The Emoji Film at the North American box office, earning $28.1 million in its second outing to win the weekend.
Dunkirk, declining just 44 percent, passed the $100 million mark domestically to finish Sunday with $102.8 million in total ticket sales. Overseas, the event film marched to $45.6 million from 62 markets for a foreign tally of $131.3 million and $234.1 million globally (including a hefty $40.1 million from Imax theaters). Dunkirk‘s total in the U.K. is $35.4 million, already surpassing the lifetime runs of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and Nolan’s last film, Interstellar. Dunkirk continues to conquer in Asia as well, having already earned $16.7 million in South Korea, where the filmmaker has a huge fan base.
The Emoji Movie, from Sony Animated Pictures, overcame withering reviews and a mediocre B CinemaScore to land at $25.7 million, in line with tracking, if not slightly higher. “We are thrilled the audience has spoken and embraced The Emoji Movie,” says Sony president of worldwide marketing and distribution Josh Greenstein.
Sony says the film is a major victory, considering it cost $50 million to produce, a modest sum for a major studio animated pic.