The Dark Tower Named Lowest No.1 Opening of Summer 2017 Yet

Posted 2017/08/07 2221 0

The science fantasy western film topped North American box office with an estimated 19.5 million U.S. dollars, the lowest No.1 opening of 2017 so far.


Stephen King's The Dark Tower has finally arrived in theaters after a long and complicated journey to the big screen. However, Hollywood's latest attempt to launch a cinematic universe didn't exactly go as planned: the movie was widely panned by critics, and opened to a disappointing $19.5 million haul from 3,451 locations. It's a disappointing debut for the $60 million production, which is expected to kick-off a multi-platform franchise with co-financier MRC currently developing a television series. That being said, this is the second largest opening weekend ever for a King adaptation, behind the $20.6 million debut for 2007's 1408, which went on to gross over $70 million domestically.

Warner Bros.' presentation of Christopher Nolan's epic war film "Dunkirk" moved to the second place with an estimated 17.6 million U.S. dollars after two weeks in the lead. Dunkirk is now the third biggest original live-action movie this year trailing Get Out and Split, but will end up passing both by the end of the summer. Reaching the $200M mark is certainly possible especially since there are no more major tentpoles opening for the rest of the month. Overseas grosses climbed to $180.6M putting global at $314.2M. With China, Japan, and Italy still to come, look for Dunkirk to make it north of $500M.

Two other high-profile new releases, Halle Berry’s thriller “Kidnap” and Oscar-winning director Katheryn Bigelow’s historical drama “Detroit”, opened to disappointing numbers, with $10.2 million and $7.25 million, respectively. Both finished below holdovers “The Emoji Movie” ($12.4 million) and “Girls Trip” ($11.4 million).

Synopsis: Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

The film is currently in theaters and will be available here soon for you to watch.