‘Dunkirk’ Tops Weekend Box Office As Costly ‘Valerian’ Bombs

“Dunkirk” can declare victory at the mulitplex after the Christopher Nolan-director Second World War flick took in $50.5 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend.

With “Dunkirk” taking the top spot at the box office, the Queen Latifah-starring comedy “Girls Trip” exceeded expectations to capture the second-place position with an opening weekend domestic take of $30.4 million, which Variety points out is 2017’s largest opening for a live-action comedy.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with this incredible result on this brilliant film,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein to Variety, commenting on the box office performance of “Dunkirk”. “In a summer that has had a lot of disappointments, this movie way over-achieved.”

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Added Goldstein: “We looked at this as a big summer event film. We wanted to give it the patina of a tentpole release. We know from past history when you open up at this point in the summertime, you can run for weeks and weeks.”

The news was not so good for director Luc Besson’s costly indie sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which will finish out its opening weekend as a flop, taking in just $17 million domestically — a disappointing number considering the film’s $180-million budget.However, a spokesperson for Besson’s production company, EuropaCorp, says that the film is already in the black, as 90 per cent of the budget had  already been covered by foreign pre-sales, equity financing and tax subsidies.

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