Weekend Box Office: It Did Not Go Well For 'The Dark Tower'

Posted August 09, 2017

"Dunkirk", the box office victor the past two weekends, is sliding comfortably into second with $17.6 million from 4,014 locations.

More was expected considering the high profile stars in Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey and the connection to Stephen Kings world though his novels. The Dark Tower was absolutely savaged by critics with an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The lackluster weekend box office numbers also didn't fare well for Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, based on the brutal real-life murders of three young black men at the Algiers Motel during the 1967 riots in MI. The result was that 83% of The Dark Tower film audience indicated that they were definitely/probably interested in a TV series.

The films total gross in the United States now sits at $133 million with $200 million fast approaching.

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"This is another tough weekend for the industry", concluded movie industry money-watcher Paul Dergarabedian at comScore. The movie got the highest revenue from Russian Federation of $4.1 million out of $8 million from the 19 different markets.

All this on the calendar spot that last year's "Suicide Squad" bucked conventional release date wisdom with a record-breaking $133.7 million domestic opening. The Warner Bros. film had a three-day take of $17.6 million, according to industry website Exhibitor Relations. Those movies earned $10.2 million and $7.7 million respectively.

Meanwhile, Aviron's "Kidnap", the Halle Berry thriller which has been awaiting release for two years, scored a modest debut, taking in 10.2 million United States dollars. This summer has lagged overall due to a number of big-budget movies flopping or underperforming, and this latest showing will only put the business farther behind.