‘The Dark Tower’ sneaks past ‘Dunkirk' for the box office crown

Roland (Idris Elba) in Columbia Pictures' THE DARK TOWER.

Weekend Box Office for August 4-6, 2017

(KUTV) Going into the weekend it was simply assumed that “The Dark Tower” would finish at the top of the domestic charts. The only real question was if it could surpass $20 million, not exactly a lofty number.

The weekend proved to be more interesting as Friday’s numbers had Christopher Nolan’s WWII film “Dunkirk” holding better than expected as the film finished the day with $5 million. “The Dark Tower” could claim only $7.8 million and that included Thursday previews.

“The Dark Tower” still managed to find its way to the top, but it’s more of a consolation prize than an actual victory. Made for $60 million, “The Dark Tower” was testing the waters for a potentially epic franchise. Opening to $19.5 million might be on the high end of Sony’s estimates, but it can’t be the result that they were honestly expecting when they green lit the film.

“Dunkirk,” which has now earned over $300 million worldwide, finished the weekend with $17.6 million.

The Emoji Movie” took third with $12.3 million; “Girls Trip” continues to impress as it took fourth with $11.4 million to push its domestic haul up to $84 million while “Kidnap” opened to $10.2 million. None of these films were screened for local critics.

That leaves “Detroit,” Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the 1967 race riots, on the outside looking in eighth place with a disappointing $7 million. The film deserves better, but I can understand why audiences would be reluctant to attend due to the brutality of the narrative. Still, there have been numerous films over the years that were equally troubling that managed to find success at the box office. Maybe the film is too relevant and provides little relief from the current state of affairs.

On a happier note, "Wonder Woman" is currently $500,000 short of $400 million at the domestic box office and should hit $800 million worldwide before closes.

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