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Dunkirk lands fourth biggest UK opening of 2017


Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTOPHER Nolan’s Dunkirk has landed the fourth biggest UK opening of 2017.

The Second World War film took £10.02m from a whopping 638 cinemas, beating the opening returns for fellow summer blockbusters such as War for the Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Wonder Woman.

What’s more, it did it by filling out a variety of venues, with multiplexes and boutique cinema chains, such as Picturehouse, Everyman and Curzon, all benefiting from the surge to see Nolan’s critically-acclaimed masterpiece.

Warners reports that Dunkirk scored £1.33m of its gross in IMAX venues, while also confirming robust business in venues offering projection in 35mm and 70mm.

All this means that Dunkirk did become the fourth biggest UK opening of 2017, behind Beauty & The Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Despicable Me 3.

Talking of that latter film, though, Despicable Me 3 also achieved its own UK milestone by crossing the £30m barrier on Sunday and becoming only the fourth film to do so this year, following La La Land, Beauty & The Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

Its weekend box office of £3.08m was nearly double the amount achieved by rival animation Cars 3 (£1.64m) and further means that it is the only film this year to manage four straight weeks at the UK box office with £3m-plus – a feat that eluded even Beauty & The Beast.

Indeed, the last title to manage it was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

However, for the first time since February, the UK box office chart saw six titles earning more than £1m at the weekend: Dunkirk, Despicable Me 3, War for the Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming (which has now broken the £20m barrier), Cars 3 and André Rieu.

This strength in depth helped power the market to a 15% rise on the previous frame, as well as an even better 26% rise on the equivalent session from 2016, which was led by Steven Spielberg’s The BFG.

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