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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:57 am    Post subject: ‘Dunkirk’ Rules Weekend Box Office Reply with quote

‘Dunkirk’ Rules Weekend Box Office

Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk dominated both overseas and domestic theaters this weekend, opening with an estimated $105.9 million in ticket sales. The Warner Bros. film raked in $50.5 million in North American theaters, combined with $55.4 million in a partial release overseas. The film, based on the military operation to rescue 300,000 British soldiers trapped by Nazi forces on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, brought in about 20 percent more than analysts predicted. Wonder Woman brought Warner Bros. another win this weekend, becoming the summer’s highest grossing film with $389 million in ticket sales so far. Meanwhile, Luc Besson’s highly anticipated Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets flopped in its opening weekend, bringing in a mere $17 million domestically. The sci-fi epic cost $180 million to make.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/23/movies/dunkirk-girls-trip-valerian-box-office.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&via=newsletter&source=CSAMedition

‘Dunkirk’ Exceeds Box Office Expectations as ‘Valerian’ Bombs
By BROOKS BARNES

LOS ANGELES — “Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” won big at the weekend box office by breaking unwritten Hollywood rules about release dates and cast diversity. But another flouter of film industry norms, the surreal, independently financed space adventure “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” was dead on arrival.

Powered by exceptional reviews — the word “masterpiece” was bandied about — “Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.) took in about $50.5 million at North American theaters, or about 20 percent more than analysts had expected before release. Turnout was very strong at Imax locations. (The film was shot with Imax 70-millimeter cameras.) “Dunkirk,” directed and written by Christopher Nolan and focused on trapped soldiers during World War II, collected an additional $55.4 million in partial release overseas.

“Dunkirk” cost about $100 million to make, not including marketing.

Releasing “Dunkirk” in late July was a risk. Serious films aimed at older audiences tend to arrive in the fall or late winter; summer is usually reserved for comic-book adaptations and science-fiction epics. But Mr. Nolan wanted a summer berth for “Dunkirk,” and Warner Bros. backed him, betting that audiences would be hungry for something smart and original after an unsatisfying diet of sequels to sequels.

“The right movie can play and play in late summer,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner’s president of domestic distribution, said by phone on Sunday. Mr. Goldstein cited “the Nolan pedigree” for stronger-than-expected turnout, along with “our marketing team, which did a phenomenal job.”

About 60 percent of the “Dunkirk” audience was male. Older moviegoers — anyone over the age of 25 in Hollywood’s calculation — made up about 76 percent. “I think we will see it broaden out in the weeks ahead due to word of mouth,” Mr. Goldstein said.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:24 pm    Post subject: ‘Dunkirk’ Defeats ‘Emoji Movie’ at the Box Office Reply with quote

‘Dunkirk’ Defeats ‘Emoji Movie’ at the Box Office

Dunkirk vanquished all comers at the box office for the second weekend running, contributing to a gross domestic total of $102.8 million. The well-reviewed World War II film from director Christopher Nolan beat out The Emoji Movie for the top spot. Despite critical reviews, The Emoji Movie, from Sony Pictures Animation, still managed to finish second, with $25.7 million. “It’s great when the critics and audiences are in sync, but in the end, it comes down to: Has the film reached the intended audience?” said Adrian Smith, president of domestic distribution at Sony. “Seeing these results, it clearly has.” The R-rated Girls Trip took third place, and Charlize Theron’s new Atomic Blonde took fourth.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:47 am    Post subject: 7 Times Dunkirk Got History All Wrong Reply with quote

Based on the real-life Operation Dynamo, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk follows the evacuation of over 300,000 soldiers from a French beach in the opening stages of WWII. Visually, it's a masterpiece, and one of the most unique wartime films to date. And for the most part, the movie sticks religiously to the facts, taking inspiration from actual wartime photos to frame the action. Even that weird-looking sailboat at the end was there. But it doesn't get everything right. Here are all the ways Dunkirk lied about those historical events...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:48 am    Post subject: Dunkirk is unlike any war movie you've ever seen Reply with quote

Dunkirk is unlike any war movie you've ever seen

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Calgary veteran who survived Dunkirk causes a stir at movie premiere
Theatre goers watching the premiere of Dunkirk at Calgary’s Westhills Cinemas on Friday night got a surprise encounter with a 97-year -old man who was at the battle in 1940.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:38 am    Post subject: It's a "whitewashed version" Reply with quote

When you watch Dunkirk, remember that it’s a whitewashed version which ignores the bravery of black and Muslim soldiers

Even in this early stage of the Second World War, ethnic minority British citizens did show enormous courage – one of the bravest ARP men during the Blitz was black, although we have yet to see a film about him.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/dunkirk-france-1940-french-soldiers-algeria-commonwealth-white-wash-a7874501.html
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:06 pm    Post subject: What the Movie Missed Reply with quote

What Really Happened at Dunkirk? What the Movie Missed
Victor Davis Hanson explains how the famous British WW2 retreat turned into an unlikely victory for democracy.

A quarter-million troops of the British Expeditionary Force, together with about 140,000 French and Belgian soldiers, were safely evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk, France between May 26 and June 4, 1940, in one of the largest successful maritime evacuations of trapped armies in military history.

Most other marooned armies would likely have surrendered or been slaughtered on the beach by the seasoned German Panzers.

The amazingly successful withdrawal allowed Britain to remain actively in the war, and gave inspiration for another quarter-million trapped British and French soldiers to escape across the Channel in the next three weeks.

Churchill, in the Periclean fashion of mixing encouragement with realist caution, reminded the beleaguered British people that such defiance presaged successful British resistance to Hitler—while also reminding them that victory is never won through retreats.

There is much to be said for the current blockbuster movie Dunkirk , directed by Christopher Nolan. The cinematography of battle is excellent. The themes of confusion, paradox, irony, and unintended consequences in war are well captured through the mostly visual daylong odyssey of “Tommy” (Fionn Whitehead).

In near continual silence (dialogue is scant in Dunkirk ), Tommy seems to escape one disaster only to fall into another, in his Odysseus-like effort to get across the water to home.

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