World War II action drama Dunkirk opened in 1st, Girls Trip was a very good 2nd while Valerian came in a disappointing 5th. Also Wonder Woman is now the highest grossing movie of the summer in the US.
Dunkirk debuted to $50.5 million, Christopher Nolan’s 4th biggest opening weekend. For the writer/director this start sits ahead of his previous feature, Interstellar ($47.5 million) and behind Inception ($62.8 million), The Dark Knight ($158.4 million) and The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million). Dunkirk also had the 3rd best bow for a World War II movie, with the top two being Pearl Harbor ($59.1 million) and of course Captain America: The First Avenger ($65.1 million). Nolan movies tend to have long box office legs and looking at overall reception for Dunkirk I think it will continue that trend. Right now I’d say Dunkirk might be headed for a final domestic total around $160 million to $200 million, which is pretty damn good for this film.
Girls Trip grabbed a bigger than expected $31.2 million in 2nd. With this start Girls Trip is bound to become the top grossing R-rated comedy of the summer in the US. Of course it helps that the other R-rated comedies either underperformed (Baywatch, Snatched) or bombed (The House, Rough Night). At the same time that doesn’t make this performance any less impressive since Girls Trip could finish with $80-120 million domestically. Also the film only cost $19 million.
Spider-Man: Homecoming stabilized a bit this past weekend with $22.2 million in 3rd, down 49.9%. That’s $251.9 million in 17 days and by the end of the week Homecoming should overtake The Amazing Spider-Man ($262 million) to become the 4th most successful Spider-Man movie. Next stop after that is $300 million, which is probably very close to where Homecoming will run out of gas, maybe $310 million when all will be said and done in the US.
War for the Planet of the Apes fell to 4th with $20.9 million, down 62.9%, a much bigger drop than the last two films in the series. That means War for the Planet of the Apes made $98.2 million in 10 days, running $7 million behind Rise and $41 million behind Dawn. At this pace I don’t think War can make it further than $150 million domestically.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets rounds out the top 5 with only $17 million. Coincidentally that’s also the opening weekend of Besson’s other big sci-fi film, The Fifth Element. The difference being The Fifth Element opened to $17 million in 1997 while Valerian did it in 2017. Also Valerian cost twice as much, $180 million. All things considered it’s sadly a very bad start for the ambitious sci-fi. To save face (and if Besson really wants to make more) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will need to play a lot better internationally.
And lastly Wonder Woman added $4.6 million in 9th, bringing its domestic total to $389 million in 52 days. With that number Wonder Woman overtakes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 ($387.3 million) to become the highest grossing movie of the 2017 summer in North America. Unless something very big comes out of nowhere (which is extremely unlikely), Wonder Woman will keep that title. Next up for the DC heroine is $400 million domestically, which will come at some point in August.