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'The Dark Tower' Scales to Top of Quiet Box Office

The long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower sci-fi thriller series has opened atop the North American box office.
Aug 7, 2017 by: WENN


'The Dark Tower' Scales to Top of Quiet Box Office

The long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower sci-fi thriller series has opened atop the North American box office.

The movie, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, grossed a mediocre $19.5 million, making it the lowest number one debut of the year so far.

The Dark Tower, which suffered a series of production delays, cost a reported $60 million to make, but bosses at Sony Pictures are convinced the film's audience will only grow in the coming weeks, as its release expands across other global territories.

"The Dark Tower is a bold and ambitious undertaking made at the right price," Adrian Smith, Sony's domestic distribution president, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "There's a lot of summer box office left and its international rollout is just starting to take off." 

Despite the slow start, Nikolaj Arcel's project earned enough to narrowly beat Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk to the top. The World War II epic falls to two with $17.6 million after two weeks in first place, but still emerges victorious as it sails past the $300 million mark worldwide. 

Animated family film The Emoji Movie takes third place, ahead of comedy Girls Trip at four, while Halle Berry's Kidnap enters at five, with a $10.2 million take.

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 Michigan. 

The crime drama, which features John Boyega, Will Poulter, and Anthony Mackie, received positive reviews from critics and early viewers alike, but the acclaim has so far failed to translate to commercial success, drawing just $7.25 million in its first weekend on wide release to take eighth place.