Widely hailed World War II movie “Dunkirk” passed the $150 million domestic ticket sales level over the weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. Several other films posted lackluster performance.
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It’s a great weekend for Warner Bros. which saw Annabelle: Creation, the latest installment in the Conjuring franchise, top the box office with $35 million while Dunkirk topped $150 million domestically. However, fellow new releases struggled to give the box office much of a jolt as the top twelve brought in a combined $103.8 million, down 6% compared to last weekend and the fourth lowest weekend of 2017. Overall, the summer movie season is still down 12% compared to last year.
With an estimated $35 million, Annabelle: Creation opened at the top of the weekend box office, delivering nearly $24 million more than the weekend runner-up. This is the fourth feature in the Conjuring franchise which continues to deliver each time out. Carrying a budget of just $15 million this is also a great outing for director David F. Sandberg whose Lights Out performed very well for WB just last year, bringing in $67.2 million on a $5 million budget, and coming up he’s said to be directing Shazam! for WB and New Line.
Time Warner Inc.’s (NYSE: TWX) Warner Bros. ranks in third place for the domestic ticket sales market share in 2017 at 15.9% or $1.1 billion. It trails Walt Disney Co.’s (NYSE: DIS) Buena Vista at 19.9% or $1.4 billion and Viacom Inc.’s (NASDAQ: VIAB) Universal Studios at 18.4% or $1.3 billion.
“Dunkirk” is not a wildly successful film — domestically — no matter how much critics have raved about it. Its ticket sales rank 13th among all movies released this year. Leader “Beauty and the Beast” has posted ticket sales of $504 million. Second place “Wonder Woman” has domestic ticket sales of $402 million this year.
However, less than half of the ticket sales for “Dunkirk” have been domestic. When international ticket sales are taken into account, its total is $363 million. The Christopher Nolan directed film cost roughly $100 million to produce, according to Box Office Mojo.