Sam Mendes’ War Flick ‘1917’ Beats ‘Star Wars’ At The Box Office

It’s a day to celebrate, folks. ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘ has finally been knocked off the top of the box office. The film had been number one at the box office for three weekends in a row.

But Sam Mendes’ beautiful war drama ‘1917‘ was able to win the box office this past weekend, with a nice $36.5 million opening weekend.

It was expected to make between $20 and $25 million, so we have to imagine the studio is very happy with $36.5 million. In addition to the impressive box office number, the film was also nominated for Best Picture at the 2020 Oscars.

It’s also nominated for Best Director, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography, and more.

I saw it this past weekend and was pretty impressed. It wasn’t my favorite of the year, but it was beautifully shot. This is one of those movies where I’m more impressed with the directing/cinematography than the story or characters, which is rare for me.

I could definitely see this movie winning for best directing.

Watch The Trailer For World War I Drama, ‘1917’

Universal has released a new trailer for Sam Mendes’ World War I drama film, 1917.

George MacKay (yes, from Amandla Stenberg’s Nazi movie) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) star as two soldiers tasked with an important mission: Deliver a message through enemy territory, calling off an attack. If they don’t make it, 1,600 men will die, including one of their brothers.

If you’re thinking, “Wow, this movie looks absolutely gorgeous!” your praise should go to award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins. His filmography includes Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, Skyfall and Blade Runner 2049.

Lots of talented people were involved in the making of this movie. That doesn’t always equal success, but it’s a very strong sign.

1917 will have a limited release on Christmas (so that it’s eligible for awards season) and then it’ll have a wide release on January 10, 2020.

Check out the trailer below…

Watch The Explosive Trailer For World War I Film ‘1917’

Filmmaker Sam Mendes is the man responsible for films like American Beauty, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road and the James Bond film Spectre.

Now he’s hoping to add to his impressive resume with the World War I film, 1917.

The film follows two young British soldiers during one “grueling day in World War I. And if they don’t complete their critical mission to foil a planned attack, more than 1,600 men will die.”

1917 stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Colin Firth.

This new trailer will definitely get your heart pounding. It’s intense and really sets the tone for the movie. A pretty decent trailer, which is not something we say often.

In addition to directing this movie, Mendes also wrote it. A first for him, so it’ll be interesting to see how this movie performs with both the audience and critics.

Check out the trailer below. It’s scheduled to have a limited release on Christmas, followed by a wide release in January 2020.