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!