'Dark Tower' Takes the Lead in Slow Weekend Box Office

  • 'Dark Tower' Takes the Lead in Slow Weekend Box Office

'Dark Tower' Takes the Lead in Slow Weekend Box Office

The relatively weak showing by the sprawling sci-fi Western fantasy, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, may scuttle hopes of turning it into a franchise for Sony Corp.'s SNE, +0.35% Sony Pictures, which partnered with Media Rights Capital to produce the $60 million film. The film garners a paltry 18% approval on the Rotten Tomatoes review site.

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 MI.

The films total gross in the United States now sits at $133 million with $200 million fast approaching. An awards-season push could end up helping its bottom line. The movie got the highest revenue from Russian Federation of $4.1 million out of $8 million from the 19 different markets. The movie is toplined by "Star Wars" breakout John Boyega, as well as Will Poulter, and Algee Smith.

In fifth was Aviron's thriller Kidnap, at $10.2 million. Aviron acquired the film from a bankrupt Relativity, but the distributor declined to release the thriller's acquisition cost, making it hard to judge its performance.

Dunkirk came in second at the box office this week amassing $17.6 million falling only 34% from its initial release. It has racked up $133.6 million in domestic sales so far, and worldwide sales have topped $300 million, according to studio sources quoted by comScore.

"This is another tough weekend for the industry", concluded movie industry money-watcher Paul Dergarabedian at comScore. Sheridan conceived the movie as part of a loose trilogy that also includes two recent releases that he wrote, but did not direct, "Sicario" and "Hell or High Water". And without a Suicide Squad or a Guardians Of The Galaxy on the late-summer docket, this is shaping up to be a typically, even particularly, modest August for box-office returns.