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‘Dunkirk’ wins the battle, ‘Valerian’ can’t find an audience

War was the story at the box office this weekend, as one of this year’s critically acclaimed new releases was the choice for audiences. Here’s what went down:

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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk debut at the top of the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated $51 million. That’s around what we thought the film would do, and is actually a stronger opening than Nolan’s last film, Interstellar, which delivered $47.5 million. Dunkirk should continue to perform well over the coming weeks, as Nolan has a lot of good will with audiences.

As for the rest of the top five, the critically well-received Girls Trip managed to do far better than the similar Rough Night, debuting in second place with $28.1 million.

War for the Planet of the Apes fell to third place with $21.7 million. The film is about to cross the $100 million mark, but is far off from the previous entry in the franchise.

Spider-Man: Homecoming was in fourth place with $21.6 million, and has passed the $250 million mark. There’s a chance the film could hit $300 million in North America before the end of its run, which would make it an absolutely outstanding comeback for the franchise.

Finally, debuting in fifth place with an anemic $16.7 million is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. This is a disastrous debut for the bug budget sci-fi film from Luc Besson. Unless the overseas numbers are miraculous, this one is going to have serious red in its ledger.

So, to recap, here were 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

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Dunkirk – $51 million
2) Girls Trip – $28.1 million
3) War for the Planet of the Apes – $21.7 million
4) Spider-Man: Homecoming – $21.6 million
5) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – $16 million

Next weekend sees the release of The Emoji Movie and Atomic Blonde. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

 

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About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on July 23, 2017, in Andy Burns, Andy Burns/Andy B, box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think Valerian, although not doing well up front, will be one of those films that end up having a long tail.

  2. I saw Spider-Man and 2/3 of Valerian this weekend. Yikes, Valerian was bad. I’m not sure what they were thinking, if you want to do “weird Sci-Fi” you need to scale back on some o the budget. It’s a turkey in the vein of Jupiter Ascending.

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