Dunkirk Wins Again


A miracle for Dunkirk? Well, probably not. But Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic still pulled out another win—fending off a platoon of smiley faces, a plutonium platinum-haired hero and the year’s most successful raunchfest. We can almost hear the subsequent speech at Warner Bros. headquarters:

“We’ll fight them at the multiplex. We’ll fight them at the malls. We’ll fight them in the small indie theaters downtown where parking is almost impossible to find. We shall never surrender!”

Well, not this weekend, at least. Dunkirk banked an estimated $28.1 million to not only win the weekend, but push its total North American gross over the $100 million mark. Oh, and speaking of marks (as in Germany’s old unit of currency), the film also has earned $131.3 million overseas, including $2.1 million in Germany.

In the face of Dunkirk’s continuing dominance, The Emoji Movie was, like, all frowny face. Maybe with some tears running down its yellow cheeks. Sure, the flick earned $25.7 million this weekend, which is about $25.7 million more than I did. But it can’t be too happy about the results, nor the scathing response it’s earned from critics (including our own Bob Hoose). The film currently has a 7% “freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Course, if you add Dunkirk’s 93% Rotten Tomatoes score, you get a clean 100%! Which means that if you package the films into double feature, you’ll have an experience that averages out to decidedly “meh.”

Girls Trip, the only R-rated comedy this year to make a buck with its yukky yucks, landed in third place with $20.1 million. Meanwhile, newcomer Atomic Blonde cooled its radiation-soaked heels in fourth place with about $18.6 million.

Spider-Man: Homecoming spun to fifth place with about $13.5 million. It’s now in fourth place for all of 2017 with $278.4 million.

With Homecoming‘s success, superheroes currently claim three of the year’s top four money-earners, four of the top six and (if you count The LEGO Batman Movie) five out of the top eight. Clearly, the genre still has some starch in its cape.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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