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THE DARK TOWER Tops Lackluster Summer Weekend

THE DARK TOWER Tops Lackluster Summer Weekend

With the top 12 movies making barely above $100 million combined, the first weekend of August was the slowest at the multiplex since April. Indeed, tickets sales are about 10% down from the same time in 2016.

It was under those circumstances that the critically panned adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Dark Tower “triumphed” at the box office, with a tally just shy of $20 million, an inauspicious beginning for what is supposed to be the start of a franchise whose even first film cost over $65 million to make.

In second place was the Christopher Nolan World War II drama  Dunkirk, which after falling under 35% in its third weekend of release made $17.5 million, good for second place and a total of $135 million cumulative in North America (and over $380 million when counting overseas tallies).

Sony’s The Emoji Movie finished in third, with a 50% drop that netted it $13.5 million and a domestic total of $50 million. Meanwhile, continuing its push with good word of mouth, the female-driven comedy Girls Trip finished fourth and nabbed another $11.4 million, for a total of $85 million in around a month of release.

In fifth was another new release of the weekend, Halle Barry’s Kidnap, which took in just north of $10 million.

Also struggling somewhat in expanded release was the critically acclaimed film by Kathryn Bigelow, Detroit, which barely made over $7 million in 3,000 theaters. It’s a disappointing result for Annapurana Pictures, which had hoped that shying away from the big studio marketing patterns it had used for prior films would not cost it at the box office. Finally, the Taylor Sheridan drama Wind River did well in four markets, with a total of $164,000 in limited release.

Next weekend should remain relatively tepid in sales, as the next entry in The Conjuring series, Annabelle: Creation, and the little-known The Glass House are the centerpiece of new offerings.

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 6, 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 / Mediaplex Inc. – $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
  11. Atomic Blonde – Multiple – $13.2M
  12. Girls Trip – Universal – $13.1M

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 6, 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
  11. Baby Driver – Sony – $2.5M
  12. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets – STX Entertainment – $2.4M

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About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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