Box Office: ‘Dark Tower’ Looms Over ‘Detroit,’ ‘Kidnap’ With $19 Million Opening

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The Dark Tower” should have had no problem easily winning its opening weekend due to its name recognition, star power, and next-to-zero competition from the other major studios. However, a box office win for the Stephen King adaptation is proving more difficult than imagined, as “Dunkirk” could potentially upset the sci-fi epic for its third straight No. 1 spot.

Sony and MRC’s ambitious actioner starring Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, and newcomer Tom Taylor took in $7.8 million from 3,451 locations on Friday, including Thursday night previews. That number will translate to an unimpressive $19 million opening off a $60 million budget by weekend’s end. “Dark Tower” had been plagued by re-edits, which in turn brought along loads of negative reviews — it currently has an 18 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


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Should the estimate hold, “The Dark Tower” will post the second-lowest total of a weekend winner this year, above only the early February Super Bowl frame, when “Split” won with $14.4 million.

With that said, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” could very well achieve the impossible this weekend — three straight weeks at No. 1 in the summer box office. Warner Bros.’ World War II drama took in another $5 million from 4,014 venues on Friday, putting it on course for a $17 million weekend. That would bring “Dunkirk’s” domestic total to $132 million in just three weeks. It has now also crossed the $300 million mark worldwide.

In a similarly tight race, “The Emoji Movie,” “Girls Trip,” and new entry “Kidnap” are battling it out for No. 3. All three took in between $3.5 million and $4 million on Friday, meaning the top 5 this weekend really is a toss up.

Sony’s “Emoji Movie” brought in $3.8 million from 4,075 screens, setting it up for a $12.5 million weekend. Universal’s “Girls Trip” did just as well with $3.6 million from only 2,582 locales, meaning it will make another $11.5 million by end of day Sunday. Halle Berry vehicle “Kidnap” from Aviron is opening on par with industry estimates — $3.7 million from 2,378 venues on Friday for a $10 million debut.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Atomic Blonde,” “Detroit,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and “Despicable Me 3” round out the rest of the top 10.

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  1. Elaine Fughs says:

    The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and now Detroit, I’m tired of this directors dark/depressing films. That’s why I stayed away. It might be well done, but not in the mood.

  2. Jack says:

    Looks like black washing didn’t pay off. Listen and learn Hollywood.

  3. paully says:

    Boy it seems tough to for Hollywood to make a good movie. These day wit and brains seem to be missing in the equation..
    Here is a tip for some Exec.. Go buy the works of Robert Heinlein or Issac Asimov and just film what is on the frigen page.. Success will follow and don’t change a thing or characters.. Capiche ..

  4. horrible casting ruined this movie, nothing against the actors but this story is 20 plus years in the making and the main protagonist was always a clint eastwood type. not racist but I have a very hard time taking this movie as a serious DT adaptation. will watch and find out if it is better than I expect tho.

  5. Andrew P says:

    Lol I’m happy this movie is failing but I’m pretty bias. I’ve read most the books and working in the ones I haven’t and this movie just from the trailers looks like garbage compared to the story Steven King created in his 7 book saga. That they would take a series that long and try and compile it into a 90 min movie is insulting. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with directors not knowing the story they’re trying to tell.

  6. Cecil B da Mill says:

    Second lowest weekend opener, wow! Dark Tower, if a name like that has trouble, Sheesh- Diversity, anti white, PC whatever you call it has slaughtered the Golden Goose that layed those big summer box office numbers

    • Elaine Fughs says:

      Middle America?? Ignorant America is more like it.

    • Bill Clay says:

      “Diversity, anti white, PC whatever you call”

      Sounds like you need a safe space for your privilege. I hear Fox News will whisper soothing fairy tales in your ear to make you feel better.

      • Cecil B da Mill says:

        Your racial profiling and bigotry is to be commended with such little information. How do you know I’m not a Pacific Islander long haul trucker who cross dresses at truck stops for kicks?

      • Cecil B da Mill says:

        That’s what i’m talking about, but hey who am I? Middle America showed it at the polls and now it’s doing the same in the box office. Reagan put it so well, “When fascism comes to America it will come in the name of liberalism” I’ve had the privilege of serving in the armed forces in Vietnam and fighting Islam in the middle East and a life time at sea as an unlicensed sailor. God will sort things out

  7. JimG says:

    I’m sure everyone involved with The Dark Tower is grateful that only 60m was spent not like King Arthur’s 175m. Still it has to hope for Intl numbers. I figure with marketing 225m is break even. It probably won’t recover even the 60 NA.

  8. RatBasterd says:

    Shouldn’t the headline read “DETROIT LOST”?

    Kidnap at least has a shot at third place.

  9. Cass says:

    NOBODY WANTS DARK, DEPRESSING MOVIES DURING A DARK, DEPRESSING YEAR. Just bad timing for these films this summer.

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