Sam Mendes’ acclaimed World War I drama 1917 expands nationwide this weekend after pulling off an upset at the Golden Globes, winning top honors for best motion picture and director.
The feature should see a nice boost from its Globes victory after already posting strong numbers in its limited box office run. 1917 debuted in 11 theaters in seven cities on Christmas Day, in a bid to build word of mouth, and has grossed north of $2.5 million to date after scoring the top location average of the year-end holiday season.
Mendes’ pic, from Universal and Amblin Entertainment, is tracking to gross $20 million to $25 million over the weekend, enough to topple Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and marking one of the best starts of all time for a period war drama, not adjusted for inflation.
The awards contender begins its nationwide assault on the eve of Oscar nominations (Jan. 13). Among other period war movies, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken opened domestically to $30.1 million in December 2014, while Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk launched to $50.5 million in summer 2017.
1917, which cost roughly $90 million to produce before marketing, was filmed to appear as if it were unfolding in one continuous shot (Roger Deakins was the cinematographer).
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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