Christopher Nolan’s epic war time film wins the weekend. Coming in well over the 30-40M industry expectations, Dunkirk proves Nolan’s name alone will drive people out to the theater. To put it into perspective, Nolan’s last film Interstellar made about the same amount over five days. Interstellar went on to crush at the box office. It made $188M domestically over its run. Playing a big part in Dunkirk’s success is IMAX. $11M on IMAX screens. That’s a great number for a fantastic film. It’s intense and riveting throughout and I can’t wait to see what Nolan does next.
Dunkirk full review:
Girls Trip $30M
Counter programming at its best. People who aren’t interested in Dunkirk, Valerian, Apes, or Spider-Man had something to see this week in Girls Trip. This is a big number for an R rated comedy though, the biggest this year in fact. I’m hearing positive things about it so I’ll probably check it out soon. The problem with R rated comedies have been a poor track record as of late. Look at Rough Night just a few months ago. No one saw that film, and it’s because people said it just wasn’t funny. You can fail in every other regard, but at least deliver laughs. R rated comedies and horror films have come under that same scrutiny. Hopefully Girls Trip has gotten them out of that slump.
Spider-Man: Homecoming $22M
In its third weekend Spider-Man: Homecoming makes another $22M. That’s a great take for a film in its third week. It’s domestic total is pushing towards $250M and that is a tremendous feat. Who knows where this movie is gonna finish by the end of summer, but it’s looking like Wonder Woman could be dethroned.
Spider-Mam Homecoming full review:
War for the Planet of the Apes $20M
Wow, this is terrible for the third film in a trilogy. A 64% drop is STEEP. How can you foresee something like this? I expected so much better. Even last weekend I said, maybe word of mouth would spread and the drop from week one to week two will be slim. It was massive. Looking back, maybe three years was too long in between films. That’s the only thing I can think of. War is a great movie, but people just aren’t seeing it.
‘War’ full review:
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets $17M
Look, this is a terrible take for a film that cost well over $200M to make, but there’s intricacies to the way Besson financed this film that are very complex. They pre sold some of the overseas distribution in order to finance the film. So the studio isn’t in the hole for as much as you may think, but if this film doesn’t perform overseas it’s franchise potential is definitely dead if it isn’t already.
Valerian full review: