'Dunkirk' triumphs at weekend box office while 'Valerian' lands in 5th place

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 24, 2017

No box office data was released for Parade Deck Films' The Gracefield Incident, Vertical Entertainment's family film Scales: Mermaids Are Real and Strand's drama The Untamed.

"Dunkirk" won at the box office and "Girls Trip" surprised.

The film collected United States dollars 50.5 million on its opening day at the U.S. box office and is slated to gross USD 136-USD 142 million, according to a Forbes report.

The film, written and directed by Christopher Nolan of the "Dark Knight" trilogy and "Interstellar", dramatizes the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, in the north of France, during World War II.

"'Dunkirk' became a must see cinematic event with its epic presentations", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

The sci-fi film, based on the French comics Valerian and Laureline, stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Rihanna, and cost a hefty $180 million (£138.5 million) to make, but suffered from less-than-positive reviews, with just a 54 per cent rating on top review website Rotten Tomatoes. "That may have provided a nice tailwind for the film".

It's victory for "Dunkirk" at the box office this weekend.

Dergarabedian noted that "Girls Trip" - an R-rated comedy starring Regina Hall and Jada Pinkett Smith - served as counter programming to "Dunkirk".

"After a summer of under-performing, and occasionally hard to watch adult comedies like "Snatched", "Baywatch" and "Rough Night", "#Girls Trip" finally found the right combination of cast and script to fill theater seats.

Overall, industry-wide totals were slightly higher than those of last weekend as well as those of a year ago. The studio is enjoying a solid year at the box office. It's likely to see big gains thanks to a potentially strong fall and winter slate of films.

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