'Dunkirk' opens as top film, while Pricey 'Valerian' flops

Danny Woods
July 24, 2017

The movie's production budget was reportedly just under $100 million.

Recounting one of World War II's most famous retreats, Dunkirk stars One Direction's Harry Styles, who makes his acting debut in the movie, much to the delight of fans, who made their presence known at the film's London and New York Premieres.

Critics have fallen in love with Nolan's depiction of the real-life Battle of Dunkirk. A standout scene finds the gaggle of young soldiers in a sinking boat as a gun-toting Harry Styles tries to force one of heroes off-board to shed weight. And though it'd be nice to see a movie about a different war (for once), adrenaline junkies, Nolanites, and general audiences will likely walk out entertained.

"I think everyone was very aware of where we were". "We know from past history when you open up at this point in the summertime, you can run for weeks and weeks", he added, referencing last year's "Suicide Squad".

Coming in second place was the Universal comedy "Girls Trip", starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall.

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"We're absolutely thrilled with this incredible result on this brilliant film", said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein to Variety, commenting on the box office performance of "Dunkirk".

Budgeted at Dollars 100 million as against the speculated production cost of USD 150 million, Dunkirk is standing strong at the global box office as well. Proving the female comedy is still alive and well, the raunchy, R-rated romp took in $US30.4 million. With an additional $5.1 million from 28 overseas territories, the movie has now earned $596.6 million internationally.

In third place was "Spider-Man: Homecoming", which took in $22 million in its third weekend in release. The sci-fi epic should land in fifth this weekend with about $17 million from 3,553 locations. War for the Planet of the Apes, conversely, lost a lot of its older audience to Dunkirk this weekend and probably owes a portion of its drop to having a story that goes into very bleak places - not exactly what some would be up for as far as "Summer fun" is concerned.

Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman has eclipsed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($386-M) to become the top-grossing film of Summer in North America and the 2nd-biggest title of the year to date behind Beauty and the Beast with a total of $389-M.

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