‘The Dark Tower’ Casts a Shadow From the Top of the Box Office

“The Dark Tower” won first place in the summer’s lightest box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

The film, adapted from Steven King’s epic fantasy series, earned an estimated $19.5 million. “The Dark Tower,” which stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, cost around $60 million to produce. This weekend’s debut numbers are from North American markets only.

Dunkirk” moved to second place with $17.6 million. The World War II thriller has brought in $133 million domestically, and more than $300 million worldwide.

There was a bit of competition for third place, but eventually, “The Emoji Movie” prevailed. The animated flick brought in another $12 million, putting its domestic total at $49 million. It’s just dollars from earning back its production budget. It has not been a big player internationally, earning just $12 million overseas after two weeks.

Just behind “Emoji” was fourth place finisher “Girls Trip.” Adding $11.4 million, the all-women comedy now has a three week total of $85 million. If these numbers hold, “Girls Trip” could finish over the $100 million mark before it leaves theaters.

Opening in fifth place was the Halle Berry thriller, “Kidnap.” The film debuted with $10 million. After being plagued with production problems for years, “Kidnap” is slated for just a few overseas markets moving into September.

Spider-Man: Homecoming” fell out of the Top 5 this week, moving into sixth place with $8.8 million. Still trailing “Iron Man 2” by around $16 million, Spidey is holding steady at ninth place in the MCU.

Charlize Theron‘s action thriller, “Atomic Blonde,” dropped down to seventh with $8 million. In two weeks it has earned $34 million domestically on its $30 million budget.

Kathryn Bigelow‘s historic tale “Detroit” opened in wide release after a limited run last weekend. The racially charged drama, set against the backdrop of the 1967 Detroit riots, earned only $7.7 million this weekend, bringing it to eighth place. However, “Detroit” is tracking ahead of Bigelow’s Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker” and nominee “Zero Dark Thirty.”

War for the Planet of the Apes” finished in ninth place with $6 million. After four weeks in theaters, the finale of the “Apes” trilogy has earned an estimated $278 million worldwide. “War” is far behind both “Rise” and “Dawn,” but is still in the Top 20 earners for 2017.

Rounding out the Top 10 this weekend is “Despicable Me 3.” Gru’s third adventure earned another $5 million in North America. Worldwide, the animated tale has raked in $880 million.

This week’s wide releases include “Annabelle: Creation,” “The Nut Job 2,” and “The Glass Castle. Opening in limited release are “Good Time” and “The Only Living Boy in New York.”

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.

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