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'Dunkirk' likely to win rare box-office battle of original big-budget movies

'Dunkirk' likely to win rare box-office battle of original big-budget movies

In a rare move for Hollywood, film studios are releasing three major movies this weekend that are not sequels, reboots or remakes. But originality and ambition is where the similarities end for the trio of new wide releases.

Warner Bros.’ World War II epic “Dunkirk,” directed by “Dark Knight" filmmaker Christopher Nolan, is likely to replace “War for the Planet of the Apes” as the top film in the United States and Canada. Meanwhile, Universal’s raunchy comedy “Girls Trip” is poised to score a strong opening.

Yet analysts predict a troubling fate for EuropaCorp’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” a pricey, visually inventive space adventure directed by the man...

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