Opening to an unexpected $50.5M in the U.S. and Canada, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has claimed the #1 spot at the box office on its opening weekend. Overseas the film managed to earn an impressive $55.4M, making it’s worldwide sum for the weekend $105.9M.
It’s been a jam-packed July, something many of us were worried about when looking at the release slate back when Dunkirk was announced. Spider-man: Homecoming has raked in $251M in three weeks time, while last week’s War for the Planet of the Apes has earned a total $97M. Also releasing with Dunkirk was Luc Besson’s Valerian, which although never a major threat, started to gain buzz and receive positive reviews. It placed 5th at the weekend box office with $17M.
In relation to other Nolan films, Dunkirk’s opening weekend floats just above the middle as his 4th highest opening weekend. Films like The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises push the average higher, but Interstellar grossed just $48M in it’s first weekend, and Batman Begins opened to $47M. Dunkirk also had a lower production budget than Nolan’s last 4 films at approx. $100M. Word-of-mouth and the strong critical reception should push Dunkirk to be one of the highest grossing WWII films of all time. Head over to the forums to talk more about Dunkirk. And if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?!