Box Office Wrap Up: Dunkirk Rescues Box Office.
Dunkirk and Girls Trip had a nice little weekend, while Valerian tumbled through space.
The box office rallied a bit after last weeks middling numbers, helped in no small part by Christopher Nolan’s latest feature, Dunkirk. The atypical war drama was one of two big budget films to premier over the weekend, but definitely got the better of the ticket sale battle. The other big budget flick, space-opera muddle Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, faltered domestically, though we have reason to believe director Luc Besson is much more concerned with how Chinese audiences will react to his film.
This Week in Box Office History.
Coming off a week that had been down about 20% compared to previous weeks and 24% compared to last year, this week was a much needed improvement. Ticket sales increased by 10% over last weekend, and the overall take of 180 million dollars was a solid 13% up over the previous year.
July 2017 is shaping up to be an overall disappointment though: the current tally for the month sits around 700 million, well shy of last year’s 1.3 billion dollars. The big difference between this July and other past big months is the lack of a dominating animated feature. Despicable Me 3 and Cars 3 have had decent runs, but they’re nowhere near where The Secret Life of Pets or Finding Dory was last year. Looking back on the ten biggest July earnings, you always find a huge animated feature in the top one or two spots. This year we just don’t have that.
Top Three Movies.
Christopher Nolan had a solid weekend with his first war movie. Dunkirk took first place with 50 million dollars. While it may not equal either of his Dark Knight movies, it is a respectable tally for his post-Batman career. It was under the 62 million made by Inception in 2010, it was a touch better than 2014’s Interstellar.
Second place went to Girls Trip. The ensemble comedy with a female led cast did very well for itself at 31 million dollars, nearly doubling its budget in the first week out. With glowing reviews and a lack of competition in either the diversity or comedic categories, you can expect Girls Trip to continue to earn well.
Third position got caught in Spider-Man’s web. Homecoming stayed in the top three and added 22 million dollars to its total. So far the webslinger’s third incarnation on the big screen has pulled in 250 million dollars at home and nearly 600 million dollars in worldwide earnings.
The big news in the rest of the list was the calamitous weekend suffered by Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The space fantasy thriller starring Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevigne blew up on launch domestically, making only 17 million dollars against a 210 million dollar budget.
Critics have been mixed, and I can tell you that our review staff hated the movie. Unfortunately, the copious amount of pandering to Asian markets in the film, combined with Chinese co-production (allowing them to skirt import laws and release wide in the second biggest market in the world) means this film was never meant to cater to anyone besides China.