Monday, August 7, 2017

Weekend Box-Office: THE DARK TOWER Crumbles With $19M Debut


The box-office slowed down a bit this weekend, with pundits estimating this to have been the weakest box-office weekend since April. In this context, "The Dark Tower", the latest Stephen King adaptation, failed to impress. Same scenario was applied to Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit". Meanwhile, the thriller "Kidnap" starring Halle Berry scored a decent debut.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

The highly anticipated "The Dark Tower" opened with $19.5 million from 3,451 theaters, a modest debut if you consider its $60 million budget and the studio's high hopes of turning it into a film and television franchise. As far as King adaptations go, this is the second largest debut for a film based on the author's novels, behind 2007's "1408", which opened with $20.6 million and ended up with $70 million domestically. The difference between the two, however is that "The Dark Tower" has received scathing reviews from critics (18% on Rotten Tomatoes and 35 on Metacritic) and audiences haven't shown much enthusiasm, either, according to the "B" grade announced by CinemaScore. Overseas things aren't looking great, either, as the film collected $8 million from 19 markets.

In second place, Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" is still doing great. With only a 34% drop in its third weekend the film grossed $17.6 million and raised its domestic tally to $133.5 million. With another $180.6 million raked in overseas, the film has safely secured a considerable profit against its $100 million budget. Not bad for a war movie.

Last week's new release, the animated feature "The Emoji Movie" is holding well despite a largely negative reaction from critics and moviegoers. The film dropped 49% in its second weekend, grossing $12.3 million. Its domestic total has reached $49.4 million and has also managed to gross $12.7 million internationally from 21 markets.

The comedy "Girls Trip" softly dropped to #4 and grossed $11.4 million. The film has taken in $85 million, so far and has a great shot at the $100 million milestone.

The top 5 is rounded up by another new wide release, the thriller "Kidnap", which grossed $10.2 million from 2,378 theaters, a decent performance for a film that didn't quite look like it would make it, especially after a lackluster reception from critics (40% on Rotten Tomatoes and 45 on Metacritic). Audiences seemed more tolerant, as CinemaScore reports a "B+" grade from opening day moviegoers.

Outside the Top 10, the drama "Detroit" directed by Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") delivered a poor performance in its nationwide expansion, grossing $7.7 million from 3,007 theaters. The film received stellar reviews from critics (88% on Rotten Tomatoes and 78 on Metacritic), and even audiences seemed impressed as CinemaScore reported an "A-" grade, but it still won't be enough to save it from box-office oblivion.

New Wide Releases: "The Dark Tower", "Kidnap".

Biggest Drop : "Atomic Blonde" (-55%)

Smallest Drop : "Despicable Me 3" (-30%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 The Dark Tower $19.5M $19.5M $8M $60M
2 Dunkirk $17.6M $133.5M $180.6M $100M
3 The Emoji Movie $12.3M $49.4M $12.7M $50M
4 Girls Trip $11.4M $85.4M $5.4M $19M
5 Kidnap $10.2M $10.2M N/A $20M
6 Spider-Man: Homecoming $8.8M $294.9M $376M $175M
7 Atomic Blonde $8.2M $34.1M $11.7M $30M
8 Detroit $7.2M $7.7M N/A $34M
9 War for the Planet of the Apes $6M $130.2M $147.7M $150M
10 Despicable Me 3 $5.2M $240.7M $638.7M $80M


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