While Christopher Nolan has a solid track record of hits, that was no guarantee that DUNKIRK would also score. Based on an event far more celebrated in England than America, and offering no marquee stars, the $150 million production could have turned out to be an expensive bust. However, the film scored a solid $50.5 million opening, plus another $55 million overseas with several major territories to go. Nolan’s films tend to have low declines from week to week, so this will likely remain in theatres until Labor Day.
Finishing a strong second was the R-rated comedy GIRLS TRIP with $30.4 million. Costing only $19 million, the movie will be solidly profitable for Universal, even if its foreign prospects are limited. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES took the third and fourth positions, the latter dropping 64%, which comes as a disappointment for Fox.
Luc Besson’s sci-fi spectacle VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS was always expected to do more overseas, but its fifth place finish here is still a disappointment. Costing about $209 million, the movie will have to do blockbuster numbers in Europe and Asia to make it out of the black. The film grossed $17.1 million domestically for STX Entertainment, which is merely distributing for EuropaCorp, which picked up the print and advertising costs.
DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, WONDER WOMAN, and WISH UPON rounded out the Top Ten. WONDER WOMAN’s to-date gross of $389 million now has it in the lead for the highest domestic grossing movie of the summer thus far.
As is usually the case with the summer season, things will be a bit quieter going forward. THE EMOJI MOVIE and ATOMIC BLONDE are the big titles next frame, with Sony’s Stephen King adaptation THE DARK TOWER the likely favorite on August 4th.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.