Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Passes $500 Million at the Worldwide Box Office

'Dunkirk' Christopher Nolan's Film Passes $500
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Dunkirk” has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, the studio announced Thursday.

The World War II epic was the last major hit of the summer season, which turned dismal during August. The domestic total after eight weeks has hit $183.7 million after a surprisingly strong opening weekend of $50 million. Top international markets were the U.K. with $72.6 million, China with $47 million, South Korea with $21 million, and France with $19 million.

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Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, said, “Christopher Nolan has proven why he is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. His ‘Dunkirk’ is an absolute tour de force — a harrowing, emotional and sweeping moviegoing experience that pushes the boundaries of mainstream studio filmmaking. Through Chris’ lens, ‘Dunkirk’ does more than capture this pivotal moment in time; it reminds us of both the heroism and the human toll of war.”

“Dunkirk” received the widest 70MM release in more than two decades, a testament to the trust that exhibitors have in Nolan. It is based on the eight-day evacuation of more than 300,000 stranded Allied troops in 1940 from France, which included more than 800 small boats from England. It stars Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, and Harry Styles.

Nolan shot “Dunkirk” in France, the Netherlands, the U.K., and California. The Warner Bros. release has a reported price tag of $150 million and a relatively brisk 106-minute running time.

“We are so proud of this film and congratulate Chris, Emma Thomas, the cast, and all the talented people who helped bring this monumental achievement to the screen,” Kroll said.

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  1. Jim says:

    “…has a reported price tag of $150 million…”

    Sure about that ?
    The studio said, that this number was far too high.

    Boxofficemojo.com has it at $ 100 mill.

  2. Euron says:

    Nolan HAS NEVER HAD A FLOP!!! Incredible! If he continues like this until 70, he will become the highest grossing director of all time, surpassing Spielberg and Cameron.

  3. MovieBabble says:

    Further proof that Christopher Nolan’s name truly sells a film. Although there’s many other directors that would have made excellent films, but people seem to flock to the theater to see one of Nolan’s films. They’re all event movies at this point!

  4. magprimo says:

    Social studies and history teachers should take their classes to see ‘Dunkirk’. Most classes don’t even teach our Constitution. This film shows why the Brits with the help of other nations defeated their enemies. I saw all the uniform crosses at Normandy Beach 44 years ago. Undulating green hills with marching rows of white crosses marking dead heroes. The war to end all wars.
    We have not learned much in 90 years.

    • Peter says:

      Hello. At first, before taking students to watch dunkirk, better teaching them the truth about the battle of dunkirk, cause sorry to say so but this is not historical. So many flaws, too many flaws. And I am an history teacher. For example, where are the dutch boats or the french navy ? Where are the civilians who stayed in the city ? The city of dunkirk under bombs totally destroyed ? The 40 000 british soldiers who stayed behind when the last ship had to go ? So it is a good movie, not historical.

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