The Wall Street Journal: ‘Dunkirk’ holds off challengers to keep box-office crown

A pair of new releases failed to unseat the World War II drama “Dunkirk” from the top spot at the box office this weekend.

“The Emoji Movie” and “Atomic Blonde” both arrived with decent debuts, while “Dunkirk” saw its second-week grosses slip 44% to an estimated $28.1 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed war drama, released by Time Warner Inc.’s TWX, -0.46% Warner Bros., has made a hit with $102.8 million so far.

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“The Emoji Movie,” a critically panned animated movie starring the smiley faces and icons that populate smartphones, grossed $25.7 million in second place.

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