‘Dark Tower’ tops the lowest weekend box office of the summer

Well, The Dark Tower took the top spot at the box office, but Sony still might want to hold off on the whole “multi-platform universe” thing they had planned. Opening in over 3,400 theaters, the long-stalled Stephen King adaptation debuted at just short of $20 million—not exactly the sort of figure a studio looks for in what’s meant to be a tentpole project. To its credit, the film only cost a thrifty-for-a-would-be-blockbuster $60 million. But given The Dark Tower‘s slim chances at becoming a sleeper hit (most critics, including us here, have not found the movie very worthwhile), it still isn’t likely to turn much of a profit; current estimates place its final domestic figure in the low $50 million range.

Anyway, The Dark Tower‘s only newly-released competition, the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap, managed to take fifth with $10 million. Dunkirk, The Emoji Movie, and Girls Trip filled in the gap in that order.

Next week: we see whether Annabelle: Creation can topple the ever-so-fragile Dark Tower‘s hold on the top spot. See you then!

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