Dark Tower: Bad Reviews, Mediocre Opening

“The Dark Tower,” Sony and MRC’s Stephen King adaptation starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey opened modestly, $19.5 million from 3,451 locations.

Made for about $66 million counting reshoots, the story centers on a boy (played by Tom Taylor) who discovers another dimension where he aligns himself with a Gunslinger (Elba) on a mission to save the world from various enemies, including the Man in Black (McConaughey).

Critics mostly panned the movie: 18% on Rotten Tomatoes (four out of five reviews are negative).

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“It was an ambitious undertaking, but it was made at the right price,” said Sony’s domestic distribution chief Adrian Smith. “There’s a lot of summer left,” he added.

Detroit: Weak Opening

Annapurna’s “Detroit” is not doing well at the box-office. Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s latest collaboration should end up with $7.3 million from 3,007 locations this weekend. Combined with a week of limited release grosses, its total should stand at $7.8 million.

Critics are on board, earning the tale of the Motor City’s 1967 riots a 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience, too, has responded positively — the distributor saw strong exit polls, including over 60% marking definite recommend.

The movie is toplined by “Star Wars” breakout John Boyega, as well as Will Poulter, and Algee Smith.

“We wish more people would have showed, but when you look at the movie, we’re proud of the film, and we stand behind the message of the film,” said Annapurna’s distribution head Erik Lomis. “I don’t think it’s just measured by performance only,” he added, “I think it’s longevity.”

Kidnap

“Kidnap,” from David Dinerstein’s recently-launched Aviron, and Lotus, earned about $10.2 million from 2,378 locations. The movie stars Halle Berry as a mother attempting to rescue her son after he is taken. Aviron acquired the film from a bankrupt Relativity, but the distributor declined to release the thriller’s acquisition cost.

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“Dunkirk,” the box office winner the past two weekends, declines steadily with $17.6 million from 4,014 locations. That’s only a 34% drop from last weekend.

Christopher Nolan’s World War II movie crossed the $300 million mark on Saturday, and by the end of the weekend should have $133.6 million domestic total. This weekend it looks to make about $4 million from Imax screens alone, which will count for $29.8 million of the movie’s domestic grosses. Worldwide the cumes stand at $7.5 million this weekend, and $54 million overall.

Warner’s “Wonder Woman,” should cross the $400 million domestic milestone by the end of this weekend.

Sony’s “Emoji Movie” looks to take in $12.35 million this weekend from 4,075 locations, down 50% from last weekend for a domestic total of $49.45 million so far. That’s not a bad drop for a movie that got bad notices (7% on Rotten Tomatoes, B CinemaScore).

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is at $300 million domestically after earning $8.8 million this weekend from 3,116 locations.  Its current total after five weeks in theaters should be $294.9 million

“Girls Trip” continues to hang in the top five as Universal expects $11.4 million this weekend from 2,582 locations. The summer comedy’s North American total after three weekend looks to hit $85.4 million. Charlize Theron’s action-packed “Atomic Blonde” is slipping to seventh place as it expects to kick in $8.2 million from 3,326 spots.

Wind River

In limited release, TWC’s “Wind River” should make $164,167 from four locations. The film stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, and marks Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut. 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.”

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