Movie ‘Dark Tower’ tops at box office but casts short shadow
“The Dark Tower” lead ticket sales in North American theaters this weekend, but its estimated three-day take of a modest $19.2 million fell on a notably sluggish August weekend. The movie based on the best-selling novels by horror and fantasy master Stephen King had the lowest chart-topping weekend take of the year.
“Tower”, Co-produced by independent studio MRC, The film stars Tom Taylor as a boy who finds himself in another dimension where a gunslinger (Idris Elba) helps him try to save the world from enemies including a Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). The film garners a paltry 18 percent approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes reviews site.
Second in the box office race was war movie “Dunkirk” slipping from the No. 1 spot it occupied at its opening a week earlier.
According to industry website Exhibitor Relations the Warner Bros film had a three-day take of $17.1 million.
Starring One Direction singer Harry Styles in the retelling of the heroic 1940 migration of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from a beach in northern France, “Dunkirk” has been hailed by many critics as a masterpiece.
In third spot was Sony’s “The Emoji Movie,” a computer animated comedy based on yes those expressive little symbols on smart phones. With an all star voice cast including James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Christina Aguilera and Sofia Vergara, the movie netted $12 million not so bad for a film that scores a dismal 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fourth place went to “Girls Trip” from Universal, at $11.4 million. The raunchy comedy, based about the misadventures of a group of lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for a music festival, stars Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith.
In fifth was Aviron Pictures’ thriller “Kidnap,” at $10 million. Halle Berry plays a mother who will do anything to get her kidnapped son back.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($8.8 million)
“Atomic Blonde” ($8.2 million)
“Detroit” ($7.1 million)
“War for the Planet of the Apes” ($6.2 million
“Despicable Me 3” ($5.4 million)