Weekend Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Battles to Top Spot, ‘Valerian’ Bombs

Weekend Box Office

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (Warner Bros.) and Universal’s Girls Trip are opening above expectations at the domestic box office, while Luc Besson’s massively expensive sci-fi opus Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks like a huge flop.

The nerve-jangling WWII thriller opened in first place this weekend with an estimated $50.5 million at the domestic market. Receiving an A- CinemaScore from audiences, Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Jack Lowden and Harry Styles. The $150 million-budgeted film made $55.4 million internationally, for a global debut of $105.9 million.

Girls Trip debuted in roughly 1,200 fewer theaters than Dunkirk and placed second at the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $30.4 million. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee on a budget of just $19 million, the well received raunchy comedy nabbed a coveted A+ CinemaScore and stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah.

The comic book adaptation Valerian, coming in under two holdovers, Spider-Man: Homecoming in third place with $22 million and last weekend’s winner War for the Planet of the Apes in fourth place with $20.4 million. The science-fiction epic, with a budget north of $200 million, arrived in fifth place with $17 million. Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, the film received a B- CinemaScore.

Here’s your top ten:

1. Dunkirk — $50.5 million
2. Girls Trip — $30.3 million
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $22 million ($251.7 mil.)
4. War for the Planet of the Apes — $20.4 million ($97.7 mil.)
5. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets — $17 million
6. Despicable Me 3 — $12.7 million ($213.3 mil.)
7. Baby Driver — $6 million ($84.2 mil.)
8. The Big Sick — $5 million ($24.5 mil.)
9. Wonder Woman — $4.6 million ($389 mil.)
10. Wish Upon — $2.4 million ($10.5 mil.)

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