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.
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.