‘Dunkirk’ Surges Past $500 Million Target at Global Box Office

The Oscar contender continues Christopher Nolan’s streak of box office successes, and is just $5 million away from topping “Interstellar”

“Dunkirk” — one of the frontrunners at next year’s Oscars — has now crossed the half-billion mark at the worldwide box office.

Featuring little dialogue and tense battle sequences in its depiction of the Dunkirk Evacuation during World War II, Christopher Nolan’s epic received heavy support from both Warner Bros. and exhibitors. The film had the widest 70mm release in over 20 years and was heavily promoted by IMAX, who provided Nolan with its 65mm cameras.

Filmed on a $150 million budget, the movie opened to a strong $50 million start, and has since grossed a total of $183 million domestically for a 3.66x multiple. It’s just $5 million away from passing the domestic total made by Nolan’s last film, “Interstellar.” Overseas, the U.K. was the top market with $72.6 million, followed by China with $47 million, South Korea with $21 million, and France with $19 million.

“Christopher Nolan has proven why he is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. His ‘Dunkirk’ is an absolute tour de force — a harrowing, emotional and sweeping moviegoing experience that pushes the boundaries of mainstream studio filmmaking,” said Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution at Warner Bros.

“We are so proud of this film and congratulate Chris, Emma Thomas, the cast, and all the talented people who helped bring this monumental achievement to the screen.”

With this milestone, “Dunkirk” is currently the 12th highest-grossing film of the year so far, passing the $498.8 million made by “The Boss Baby.”