Nolan's Dunkirk Wins the Weekend Box Office with $50.5M

The the top global territory for "Dunkirk", with an estimated $12.4 million on 1,313 screens. The raunchy comedy starring Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett Smith capitalized on its positive reviews to surpass initial $25 million expectations, bringing in $30.3 million. Spider-Man: Homecoming managed to hold over well on its third weekend with a 50% drop after having the biggest second-weekend drop (62%) for a Marvel Studios movie; the film's status as a family-friendly alternative to some of the darker, edgier fare that has released in July will most likely carry it forward to further success - which ought to come as a sigh of relief to Sony executives who might have anxious that the Marvel Studios partnership wasn't going to pay off as well as they would have hoped. "Dunkirk" has been deemed an early Oscar contender and a victory for Warner Bros. that showcases its ability to market original, adult-driven dramas.

Dunkirk features a cast that includes Nolan regulars Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy alongside Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney and newcomer Fionn Whitehead. This is fitting with a frequent box office trend in which movies starring women and minorities are underestimated; however, it breaks another recent box office trend of R-rated comedies failing to find a foothold with audiences.

Another newcomer, Universal's "Girls Trip" opened in second place with an estimated 30.37 million US dollars.

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Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, it's based on the French comic Valerian And Laureline. Still, it's quite far from his best original (i.e. non-Batman) movie debut, 2010's Inception, which opened with $62.7 million en route to $292.5 million domestic, $532.9 million global and $825.5 million worldwide.

Holdovers "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and "War for the Planet of the Apes" outgrossed "Valerian", which stumbled into fifth place overall.

That's not great news for the EuropaCorp film (released domestically by STX), which cost about $150 million to produce and is the most expensive French movie ever made. However, Besson has previously said there was no financial risk with the film, as he'd already earned back 96% of the budget with distributor pre-sales.

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Dergarabedian said it's more about the worldwide returns for "Valerian", but it's hard not to see Besson's return to sci-fi as a disappointment.

Last week's box office leader, "War For the Planet of the Apes" - the latest installation in the saga of intelligent primates' battle against an evil human dictator - raked in $20.4 million in its second week for fourth place.

Universal's "Girls Trip" opened at number-two this weekend with a $30M debut across 2,591 locations.

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You can view this weekend's full box office results below.

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