‘Dunkirk’ Helps Rescue Disappointing Summer Film Season

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“Dunkirk,” the World War II story about the rescue of thousands of Allied soldiers from capture or death at the hands of the German army, topped expectations this past weekend, pulling in $50.5 million in its opening weekend. Overall it brought in $105.9 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. The opening weekend already places “Dunkirk” among the top 25 movies of all time among motion pictures about World War II, also based on data from Box Office Mojo.

“Dunkirk” topped the surprisingly popular “Girls Trip,” which grossed $30.4 million. “Girls Trip” is rated R, and R-rated movies such as “Baywatch” and “The House” have not fared well this summer.

Christopher Nolan’s epic from Warner Bros. opened at 3,720 locations, and the film’s appeal was boosted by critical and viewer acclaim and the fact that Nolan insisted the movie be shown in high resolution. Variety said “Dunkirk” holds an impressive A- CinemaScore, and it was shot with Imax’s extremely high-resolution 2D film cameras.

The movie, starring Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance, was estimated to make $40 million in its U.S. opening.

The movie’s production budget was reportedly just under $100 million.