1917: War Epic Reaches Top Spot, Collects $37 Million Over the Weekend
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1917: War Epic Reaches Top Spot, Collects $37 Million Over the Weekend

Sam Mendes' World War I epic 1917 won the Golden Globe for best motion picture and best direction last weekend. It is a front-runner for several Oscar nominations

Sam Mendes' World War I epic 1917, which hit the screens on 10th January, collected $37 million in the US over its opening weekend, which is outstanding for a period film. 1917, produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, was released in 3,434 theaters in North America. It is the story of two British soldiers, Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake. Made with a budget of $100 million, the film is expected to generate $350 million or more in global ticket sales. 

In the overseas market, 1917 also emerged victorious, collecting $19.9 million from its first 30 markets, led by the UK, where the film earned $9.5 million. The film has taken over the top spot from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which finally fell to the second spot in its fourth weekend

1917 has also been highly appreciated by film critics. Sheena Scott, in a review for Forbes, described it as “an immersive experience” of World War 1. She also wrote, "It is a film that takes its audience by the hand across this recreated war-torn landscape, and lets the spectator feel Schofield’s journey to survive. The end sequence is especially touching without falling into over-sentimentality.” 

Mark Kermode, praising the lead actors, wrote in The Guardian, “George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman are perfectly cast as Schofield and Blake, the lance corporals enlisted to venture into enemy territory with a message for fellow troops poised to launch a potentially catastrophic assault.” He also applauded the “meticulous attention to detail” and described the cinematography as “astonishingly fluid.” The film has already won awards prior to its theatrical release. It received Golden Globes for best motion picture and best direction last week. It has nine nominations for the BAFTAs and is a strong contender for Oscar nominations, which will be announced today. 

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.

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