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‘Dunkirk’ Wins the War at the Box Office

Christopher Nolan’s newest achievement, “Dunkirk,” easily won the weekend, as reported by Box Office Mojo.

The World War II film, which depicts the evacuation of British forces from Dunkirk, earned $50 million in US ticket sales. Worldwide, it earned another $55 million. With a production budget of $150 million, “Dunkirk” should easily earn back its budget in its second week or release.

Opening in second place was the raunchy comedy “Girls Trip.” The female-centric road trip flick stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Hadish, and Regina Hall. It earned $30 million this weekend, bringing in more than its $19 million budget. “Girls Trip” only played in North American theaters this weekend. It will be interesting to see how it does when it opens in the UK this week.

Spider-Man: Homecoming” moved down to third place with another $22 million. In the three weeks since its release, the superhero movie has made $255 million in the US and more than $500 million worldwide. It is in 10th place in the MCU, but only $8 million behind “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Skipping over “Spider-Man” to drop into fourth place is “War for the Planet of the Apes.” The third installment in the “Apes” trilogy brought in $20 million this weekend.

The other big debut this weekend was Luc Besson‘s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” With a budget over $200 million, the opening $17 million is disappointing. It may do better overseas as it opens in more countries in the next few weeks.

The rest of the Top 10 consists of films that have been in theaters. “Despicable Me 3” moved into sixth place with $12.7 million. “Baby Driver” added $6 million in seventh place. Romantic comedy “The Big Sick” added $5 million and moved into eighth place, down from last week’s entry in the Top 5.

Wonder Woman” continues to wow audiences, earning another $4.6 million domestically. Worldwide, the film passed $775 million. It is the top grossing film of the summer and the second highest-grossing film of 2017, behind “Beauty and the Beast.”

And rounding out the Top 10 this week was the horror flick, “Wish Upon.” Its initial budget was $12 million and after two weeks in theaters, it has nearly earned it. “Wish Upon” added $2.5 million this weekend.

Next week’s releases include the Charlize Theron film “Atomic Blonde” and the animated “Emoji Movie.”

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.

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