Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s sweeping WWII epic that’s still playing in 52 markets around the world and tucked away another $15.4M from both domestic and international audiences this week, crossed the $500M milestone at the worldwide box office today. In terms of ranking this weekend in worldwide grosses, Dunkirk was third behind Warner Bros’ other worldwide phenom, Stephen King’s horror pic It, and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opened big in China. In fact, Spidey’s $70.8M take ranks as the largest opening of a superhero movie in the Middle Kingdom.
Dunkirk opened stateside in July 21 and has collected $183.7M domestically and $310M internationally to date. The production budget alone was said to be a little over $100M, a big risk for a war film. However, the Nolan name had Chinese moviegoers embracing the film, and domestic audiences cheered a $50.5M opening. The film, an interwoven story of the rescue of more than 300,000 soldiers from the beaches of Dunkerque, France, was a critical darling on both sides of the pond.
The film was considered technologically stunning as Nolan shot footage using a mixture of Imax and 65mm.