Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Luc Besson’s The Fifth Place

Luc Besson’s dumb, fun, indulgent, miscast sci-fi adventure Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets was never going to beat Dunkirk, but it’s a shame to see this extremely expensive folly—a spiritual successor of sorts to Besson’s earlier The Fifth Element—bomb so badly. Of course, that’s always the risk when a movie’s target audience seems to be the person making it. Earning a mere $17 million against an estimated $210 million budget, Valerian crashed into fifth place on its opening weekend.

Speaking of bombs, albeit more literally: Opening with an estimated $50.5 million, Christopher Nolan’s World War II set-piece-a-thon Dunkirk became the first non-franchise film to top the box office this summer. Nearly a quarter of that came from the large-format production’s heavily promoted IMAX screenings, with an audience that skewed older. All of this more or less lines …

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