Director Nikolaj Arcel (L) attends the special screening of Columbia Pictures and MRC "The Dark Tower" at the Museum of Modern Art on July 31, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS
Director Nikolaj Arcel (L) attends the special screening of Columbia Pictures and MRC "The Dark Tower" at the Museum of Modern Art on July 31, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS

'Dark Tower' leads box office but casts short shadow

movie & TV August 08, 2017 08:42

LOS ANGELES - Sony's sci-fi production "The Dark Tower" led ticket sales in North American theaters this weekend, but its three-day take of a modest $19.2 million fell on a notably sluggish August weekend.



Co-produced by independent studio MRC, the movie based on the best-selling novels by horror and fantasy master Stephen King had the lowest chart-topping weekend take of the year, the Hollywood Reporter noted.

The film stars Tom Taylor as a boy who finds himself in another dimension where a gunslinger (Idris Elba) helps him try to save the world from enemies including a Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). The film garners a paltry 18 percent approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes reviews site.

Second in the box office race was war movie "Dunkirk," slipping from the No. 1 spot it occupied at its opening a week earlier. The Warner Bros. film had a three-day take of $17.1 million, according to industry website Exhibitor Relations.

Starring One Direction singer Harry Styles in the retelling of the heroic 1940 evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from a beach in northern France, "Dunkirk" has been hailed by many critics as a masterpiece.

In third spot was Sony's "The Emoji Movie," a computer-animated comedy based on -- yes -- those expressive little symbols on smart phones. With an all-star voice cast including James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Christina Aguilera and Sofia Vergara, the movie netted $12 million -- not so bad for a film that scores a dismal 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fourth place went to "Girls Trip" from Universal, at $11.4 million. The raunchy comedy, about the misadventures of a group of lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for a music festival, stars Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith.

In fifth was Aviron Pictures' thriller "Kidnap," at $10 million. Halle Berry plays a mother who will do anything to get her kidnapped son back.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" ($8.8 million)

"Atomic Blonde" ($8.2 million)

"Detroit" ($7.1 million)

"War for the Planet of the Apes" ($6.2 million

"Despicable Me 3" ($5.4 million)