Critical acclaim and strong word-of-mouth are pushing Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk to a larger than expected opening weekend. First day reports show $19.8M domestically, and $21.2M from overseas markets, giving it a worldwide take of $41M on Friday. Originally projected to make $30M-$40M in the opening weekend domestically, Dunkirk is now on track to earn $45M-$65M.
Of it’s current $19.8M domestic taking, $4.7M was from IMAX screens only. Internationally, Dunkirk is pulling from 46 different markets, but the famously British story earned $3.7M on opening day from the U.K. alone. Traditionally WWII films perform quite moderately at the box office, with only one film (Saving Private Ryan) to have crossed the $200M mark. This includes films like Captain America: The First Avenger, and Michael Bay’s large-scale epic Pearl Harbor. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 92%, and a CinemaScore of A-, Dunkirk should have the legs to exceed original expectations, and possibly breakout of the traditional limitations WWII films have.
More box office reports to come later this weekend. We recommend heading over to the forums if you’re having an itch to talk about Dunkirk. And if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?!