Weekend Box Office: It Did Not Go Well For 'The Dark Tower'

Going all out to play 'all-out evil'

This first weekend of August certainly is different from previous years that put an exclamation point on the season with titles that set record-breaking openings like 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy ($US94.3 million) or last summer's "Suicide Squad" ($US133.6 million)".

The viewer approval for the movie, which drew mixed reviews from critics was in the 70%+, lower than the percentage of viewers interested in a TV series.

Kathryn Bigelow's new film Detriot had a disappointing opening at the box office, and only brought in $7.3 million.

Perhaps purists indeed are not happy with The Dark Tower movie, but it seems like they aren't the only ones.

The relatively weak showing by the sprawling sci-fi Western fantasy, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, may scuttle hopes of turning it into a franchise for Sony Corp.'s SNE, +0.35% Sony Pictures, which partnered with Media Rights Capital to produce the $60 million film.

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Of interest, "The Drawing of the Three" would bring fan-favorite characters Eddie Dean and Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker into the mix, but Jake's role in the story is much more complicated, at least in the books.

Christopher Nolan's World War II film Dunkirk dropped to second place but continued to impress with $17.6 million in its third week. The movie got the highest revenue from Russian Federation of $4.1 million out of $8 million from the 19 different markets. The movie is yet to open in Italy, China and Japan so it can earn even more money soon.

In fifth was Aviron's thriller Kidnap, at $10.2 million.

Meanwhile, Aviron's "Kidnap", the Halle Berry thriller which has been awaiting release for two years, scored a modest debut, taking in 10.2 million United States dollars.

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