Dunkirk is leading the charge for Thursday night previews at the box office as Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets is neck-and-neck with Girls Trip.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dunkirk opened last night to $5.5M in Thursday night previews. That’s a strong start for a non-franchise movie and an improvement over director Christopher Nolan’s previous movie Interstellar (which made $3.5M in the same period). Studio projections are for the movie to make $35M-$40M, but based on strong reviews and early audience reactions sharing that enthusiasm, that number could go higher. The film is budgeted at $150M and is performing strong overseas, so presuming that Nolan’s movie legs out like his other movies do (with a 3X-4X multiplier stateside), the movie is on its way to being a hit.
In the meantime, the other two releases this weekend – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Girls Trip – both came in a distant second to Dunkirk with a pair of $1.7M openings. Things aren’t looking too hot with the former, as the movie was made for a net budget of $180M and might open to $20M stateside – although the film was made primarily for a European audience, who are much more familiar with the Valerian comics, and the film was mostly financed through pre-sales, so it technically won’t be a flop to Europacorp in spite of what conventional thinking would suggest. Girls Trip, on the other hand, is modestly-budgeted at $28M, and is looking to open at $20M as well, meaning that it’s much more likely to be profitable.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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