It’s another big summer weekend at the box office, as three new releases are looking to try and make an impact. Two of them should be a sure thing, while the other is definitely going to struggle. Which will come out on top? Here are our predictions:
Dunkirk, a World War II true story, is the latest from director Christopher Nolan, and is being hailed by some as the greatest war film ever. That’s a bold assertion, but Nolan is also one of our greatest directors, and he certainly could deliver. The trailers have been stunningly tense, and audiences will likely want to see Dunkirk on the big screen. Though war films don’t typically skew young, the appearance of One Direction’s Harry Styles in the film may actually bring in a female audience. Look for a first place showing for Dunkirk with $53 million.
Also out this weekend is Girls Trip, another raunchy R-rated comedy that, with Queen Latifah in the starring role, will likely appeal to the African American/Canadian audience. Look for a second place debut with $26 million.
Finally, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets heads into theatres with a hefty price tag (a rumoured $200 million), no stars and less than stellar reviews. Based on a European comic book series, the film is going to have to rely on its oversea box office to come close to making any money. Look for a fifth place debut with $16 million.
As for the rest of the top five, War for the Planet of the Apes will drop to third place with $25 million, while Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing to fourth place with $24.5 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Dunkirk – $53 million
2) Girls Trip – $26 million
3) War for the Planet of the Apes – $25 million
4) Spider-Man: Homecoming – $24.5 million
5) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets $16 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!