Christopher Nolan’s war drama about the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk beach has been much applauded and casually doing its thing at the box office – outperforming expectations in many markets.
Nolan’s film may have, however, just grabbed its biggest claim to fame yet, in beating out Saving Private Ryan to become the highest grossing WWII movie ever.
Dunkirk now sits at $493 million worldwide, which, thanks to this past weekend’s takings in locations like China, now places it ahead of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, sitting at $481.8 million.
While this is quite the achievement for Dunkirk, Saving Private Ryan still claims the top spot in the Us with $216 million to Dunkirk’s $183 million. It’s very unlikely that Dunkirk will reach that number unless Nolan’s movie plays for many months to come thanks to awards recognition.