With 3 big releases this weekend it was looking like some of the top 5 mainstays from the past few weeks would surely get bumped. We saw the release of Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk, Luc Besson’s sci-fi flavoured Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and the R-rated all female comedy Girls Trip. All were going into the weekend either good or great positive reviews so how did they fare?
With a $19.8 million Friday, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk finished number one this weekend heading toward an opening of around $50.5 million. It’s a great start for the Nolan, especially given the holds his previous films have shown in recent history as well as the critical response (A- CinemaScore) from audiences, a notch above what audiences gave his previous release Interstellar, which went on to make $188 million in North America.
Additionally, Dunkirk has now been released in 46 international markets where it has so far grossed $21.2 million after releasing earlier this week in a handful of territories. Given the international appeal of the true story, it should perform overseas especially in Europe where the film is based. Worth noting, including the opening weekend numbers, Warner Bros. is now over $1 billion for year to date.
In second is Universal’s Girls Trip which performed very well this weekend, bringing in about $30 million over the three days. And with very positive reviews (89% on RT) the film should also show long legs after receiving a rare A+ CinemaScore from audiences. The news for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was not as good as the Luc Besson French funded film managed an only $17 million opening and finished in fifth place. With a very steep budget of around $200 million, it will be hard pressed to make a profit although it is expected to perform much better internationally and it did manage a B- CinemaScore.
In third and fourth were the last two weekends champs Spider-Man: Homecoming ($22m) and War for the Planet of the Apes ($20.4m). For the Matt Reeves ‘Apes, that’s a fairly large 64% drop and is just shy of $100 million domestically while the MCU’s Spider-Man is now over $250 million in North America and $570 million worldwide.
As for WB’s Wonder Woman, this weekend she passed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($386m) to become the highest grossing film of the summer with $389M and the second highest year to date behind Beauty and the Beast ($504M). Internationally, the Patty Jenkins smash hit added another $1.8 million this weekend for a $390.4 million overseas gross and a global tally just shy of $780 million, and it still hasn’t opened in Japan where it’s likely to make $15 – $20 million.
As for next weekend, we’ll see the release of the violent action thriller Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron opening wide in 3,200 theatres and the animated Sony release The Emoji Movie into over 3,700 locations. Both are scoring fairly high early on and both should easily crack the top five.