Dunkirk has managed to outperform projections at the box office – unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which is doomed to be a box office bomb stateside.
Deadline just reported the studio estimates for this weekend – Dunkirk is #1 with $50.5M, Girls Trip is #2 with $30.4M, Spider-Man: Homecoming is #3 with $22M for the weekend and a $251.7M total, War For The Planet Of The Apes is #4 with $20.4M for the weekend and a $97.8M total, and Valerian And The City of A Thousand Planets is #5 with $17M.
Dunkirk was previously projected for a $35M-$40M opening, meaning that Warner Brothers will most likely be very pleased that the movie has managed to rise above that. The movie has started out strong internationally as well, bringing the global total to over $100M. Girls Trip also did well considering that adult-oriented comedies haven’t done all that well at the box office this Summer.
In the meantime, holdovers Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes are telling two different stories with their weekend returns. 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 worried that the Marvel Studios partnership wasn’t going to pay off as well as they would have hoped. War for the Planet of the Apes, conversely, lost a lot of its older audience to Dunkirk this weekend and probably owes a portion of its drop to having a story that goes into very bleak places – not exactly what some would be up for as far as “Summer fun” is concerned. With that in mind, it still ought to perform similarly to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and be a profitable movie overall.
This unfortunately brings us to Valerian, which is looking to be a pretty big disappointment from a stateside perspective. The opening that it had falls about $1.7M short of 2015’s so-bad-it’s-good space opera Jupiter Ascending, and on a much larger budget than that film. Valerian flopping owes itself to a number of factors, such as releasing in such a competitive window (against Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Dunkirk) when it would have been better suited for a relatively-empty August and being based on source material that American audiences are largely unfamiliar with. Better news might lie ahead for the film internationally, as its status of being an adaptation of a European comic will probably help it in that region.
Dunkirk is in theaters. The film stars Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan, and Tom Glynn-Carney.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is in theaters. Its cast includes Dane DeHaan, Carla Delevingne, Rihanna, Clive Owen, John Goodman, Rihanna, and Ethan Hawke.
5 Superheroes That Deserve Their Own Video Game Universe
World building and universe building are not new. These writing techniques have been around for centuries, long before we even started writing our stories down. I always considered Beowulf to be the precursor to superheroes and comics. However, due to the overwhelming success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the CW DC Universe (or Arrowverse), it seems that the universal world building that has been in comics for three-quarters of a century has finally become a major storytelling point in both the film and TV worlds of superheroes.
Between Rocksteady’s Arkham Trilogy (Batman: Arkham Origins was developed by WB Games Montreal), Telltale Games’ Guardians of the Galaxy, Insomniac Games establishing that their Spider-Man game will be the anchor point for a new Spider-Man universe, and the announcement from earlier this year of a multi-year, multi-game deal between Marvel and developer/publisher Square Enix it seems like the video games will be the next place where sprawling superhero stories will be told.
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