Box Office Report: ‘The Dark Tower’ is #1 Over a Slow Weekend

The Dark Tower Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba
Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in Columbia Pictures ‘The Dark Tower’ (Photo by Ilze Kitshoff © 2016 CTMG)

The Dark Tower, based on Stephen King’s book series, snagged a first place finish over the slowest weekend of the 2017 summer movie season. The sci-fi action film brought in just $19.5 million domestically, kicking the proposed franchise off with a lower-than-anticipated opening weekend. It doesn’t appear word of mouth will be helping The Dark Tower moving forward as ticket buyers only awarded the film a ‘B,’ according to Cinemascore. Critics weren’t as generous with their ratings as moviegoers, with the film’s RottenTomatoes score currently standing at a measly 18% fresh.

The August 4th weekend also found Kathryn Bigelow’s critically acclaimed drama, Detroit, expanding into wide release. Although the film has built up awards buzz, audiences just weren’t into sitting through a heavy drama based on true events over a summer weekend. (A fall release might have helped Detroit draw in a bigger audience.)

Box Office Top 10: August 4-6, 2017

  1. The Dark Tower – $19,500,000
  2. Dunkirk – $17,600,000
  3. The Emoji Movie – $12,350,000
  4. Girls Trip – $11,418,700
  5. Kidnap – $10,210,000
  6. Spider-Man Homecoming – $8,800,000
  7. Atomic Blonde – $8,244,900
  8. Detroit – $7,251,000
  9. War for the Planet of the Apes – $6,000,000
  10. Despicable Me 3 – $5,288,640