The Dark Tower Disappoints At The Box Office, But Does It Crumble?

This weekend’s box office saw The Dark Tower and Kidnap hit theaters, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit expand to a wide release.

The long-awaited Stephen King film, The Dark Tower, hit theaters to a myriad of negative reactions from film critics, and based on the modest CinemaScore of a B, it sounds like that response expanded into public opinion (Despite sounding like a solid grade, a B is generally not too good of a CinemaScore rating). The film only managed to get $19.5 million in its opening weekend. This falls shorts of expectations, but is it truly a flop? The film was made on a relatively modest budget of $60 million, and with that in mind, if it manages to garner around $190 million worldwide, it’ll be an actual success. But can it actually do that? We’ll have to see what the foreign box office holds for this film to find out.

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In second place is Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which dropped a respectable 33.9 percent in its third weekend to take in $17.6 million. Thus far, the film has made over $314 million, making it quite the profitable endeavor for the studio, and another win for Nolan, even if it isn’t quite as successful as his more recent undertakings.

In third place is The Emoji Movie, which audiences are, for some reason, still paying to see. It dropped 49.7 percent in its second weekend to take $12.4 million. Given the general lack of family fare in the theaters, I suppose that makes sense. With its foreign box office, the movie has already broken its $50 million budget, it its still quite a ways from breaking even. While this is no success for Sony, this one may very well end up making money as it expands to other overseas markets.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment comes in the form of Detroit, which came in at eighth place, with $7.3 million. given its $34 million budget, this is indeed a disappointment. While the film is, by all accounts, a strong one, it’s a bit of a reminder that audiences don’t care much for downer pictures.

All in all, it was a lackluster weekend, that proved to be the lowest performer for the summer of 2017 yet. Ouch.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 06, are below.

  1. Dark Tower, The – Sony – $19.5M
  2. Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $17.6M
  3. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $12.3M
  4. Girls Trip – Universal – $11.4M
  5. Kidnap – Aviron Pictures – $10.2M
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $8.8M
  7. Atomic Blonde – Focus Features – $8.2M
  8. Detroit – Annapurna Pictures – $7.3M
  9. War for the Planet of the Apes – 20th Century Fox – $6.0M
  10. Despicable Me 3 – Universal – $5.3M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 06, are below.

  1. Wolf Warrior 2 – Multiple – $163.5M
  2. Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $42.6M
  3. Once Upon A Time – Alibaba Pictures Group – $38.0M
  4. War for the Planet of the Apes – 20th Century Fox – $37.5M
  5. Dark Tower, The – Sony – $27.5M
  6. Despicable Me 3 – Universal – $26.5M
  7. Taxi Driver, A – Showbox – $25.2M
  8. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $24.4M
  9. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $18.4M
  10. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Multiple – $13.4M

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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo, comScore

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