By now many moviegoers know that a Christopher Nolan film is an event. From The Prestige to Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy, the guy's projects seldom fail to deliver, and he has become a rare and notable combination of auteur and blockbuster success. Now it looks like he has done it again, as his World War 2 epic, Dunkirk, has officially crossed the half-billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office.
Warner Bros. appears to have struck gold with another dive into the Christopher Nolan well, as Dunkirk has officially crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office. The film handily won its opening box office weekend when it debuted back in July, and then it continued to show strength in the subsequent weeks through the rest of the summer. The film has also become a critical darling in addition to its financial success, earning a remarkable 93% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well.
To call a film like Dunkirk a risk would be an understatement. In a summer blockbuster era defined by superheroes and sequels, Christopher Nolan's WWII epic told an original story (albeit one inspired by real events), free from recognizable historical names. Moreover, Dunkirk utilizes a relatively innovative, non-linear storytelling technique that breaks the film's story down into three distinct timeframes -- a week for the infantry, a day for the events that take place at sea, and an hour for the aerial battle that takes place in the skies above the French hamlet. Telling such a complicated, three-front story is a challenge in its own right, but selling it to mainstream audiences is another challenge together her. That said, Dunkirk definitely rose to the occasion.
Beyond that, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. were able to sell Dunkirk to mainstream audiences without anchoring it to any major stars. To be clear, actors like Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Mark Rylance (to name a few) are all well-known performers who have appeared in blockbuster projects before. However, Dunkirk doesn't lean into its star power in the same way that films like Wonder Woman or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 do. It's a pure ensemble with no clear-cut lead, and that's a rarity in the world of big-budget summer movies.
Given the immense financial success of Dunkirk at the box office (not to mention its critical accomplishments), we will have to wait and see how the film continues to thrive. If you're on the lookout for more information on the rest of this year's major releases, then take a look at CinemaBlend's comprehensive 2017 movie premiere guide for more details on anything and everything set to hit the silver screen within the next few months!