Dunkirk beat industry expectations this weekend with a $50.5 million opener at the domestic box office, an impressive feat considering the subject (a largely unknown period in WWII before the U.S. was involved) and the competition (a sci-fi epic).
Meanwhile, the epic, Valerian ant the City of a Thousand Planets, from Luc Besson, had a paltry opener of $17 million, especially poor considering its $200 million+ budget.
- Dunkirk ushered studio Warner Bros. past the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, the 17th time for the studio, an impressive record no other studio has yet managed.
- Warner Bros. also broke records with Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, this weekend. The action movie officially surpassed Disney/Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the summer's highest-grossing film. Wonder Woman has earned $389 million to date, behind the biggest-earner of the year, Beauty and The Beast (the live-action film brought in $504 million).
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Top 10 at the Box Office, Per Deadline:
1). Dunkirk (WB), 3,720 theaters / $19.8M Fri. (includes $5.5M previews) /$17.6M Sat./$13.1M Sun 3-day cume: $50.5M /Wk 1
2). Girls Trip (UNI), 2,591 theaters / $11.7M Fri. (includes $1.7M previews) / $11.1M Sat. /$7.6M Sun/3-day cume: $30.4M /Wk 1
3). Spider-Man: Homecoming (SONY/MARVEL), 4,130 theaters (-218)/ $6.3M Fri. /$8.9M Sat/$6.7M Sun/ 3-day cume: $22M (-50%)/Total: $251.7M/Wk 3
4.) War For The Planet Of The Apes (FOX), 4,100 theaters (+78) / $5.9M Fri. /$8.3M Sat/$6.2M Sun/ 3-day cume: $20.4M (-64%) /Total: $97.8M/Wk 2
5). Valerian And The City of A Thousand Planets (EUR/STX), 3,553 theaters / $6.52M Fri. (includes $1.7M previews) /$6M Sat./$4.5M Sunday/ 3-day cume: $17M /Wk 1
6). Despicable Me 3 (UNI/ILL), 3,525 theaters (-630) / $3.8M Fri. (-46%) /$5.1M Sat./$3.8M Sun/3-day cume: $12.7M (-34%) /Total: $213.3M/ Wk 4
7). Baby Driver (SONY), 2,503 theaters (-540) / $1.7M Fri. /$2.4M Sat/$1.8M Sun/ 3-day cume: $6M (-31%)/ Total cume: $84.2M / Wk 4
8.) The Big Sick (AMAZ/LGF), 2,597 theaters (0) / $1.4M Fri/$2.2M Sat/$1.4M Sun/3-day cume: $5M (-34%)/Total: $24.5M/Wk 5
9.) Wonder Woman (WB), 1,971 theaters (-773) / $1.3M Fri. /$1.9M Sat/$1.4M Sun/ 3-day cume: $4.6M (-32%)/ Total: $389M / Wk 7
10). Wish Upon (BG), 2,154 theaters (-96)/ $794K Fri/$973K Sat/ $710K Sun/3-day cume: $2.47M (-56%)/Total: $10.5M/Wk 2