The Dark Tower opens in first place with $19.5 million
Columbia Pictures and MRC‘s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower opened in first place domestically with an estimated $19.5 million, a surprising result considering the number 19 is important in the book series. Made for $60 million and receiving a B CinemaScore from audiences, The Dark Tower played in 3,451 theaters and averaged $5,651 per location.
Internationally, The Dark Tower opened in, appropriately, 19 markets with a gross of $8 million from 3,800 screens. Russia led the way with $4.1 million from 2,150 screens. The international release continues over the next three weeks, including France (Aug. 9), Germany (Aug. 10), Italy (Aug. 10), Australia (Aug. 17), UK (Aug. 18), Spain (Aug. 18), South Korea (Aug. 23), Brazil (Aug. 24) and Mexico (Aug. 25).
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, film stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, and Jackie Earle Haley.
With Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad debuting to $133.7 million domestically this same weekend last year, Hollywood is looking at an overall 46% drop in ticket sales this weekend.
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (Warner Bros. Pictures) dropped a spot to second place and added $17.6 million, for a three-week total of $133.6 million. The film actually added 266 theaters this weekend and dipped just 33.9% in ticket sales from last weekend. Overseas, Dunkirk earned $25 million from 9,400 screens in 63 markets, which means the international total is now at $180.6 million, with markets like Italy (Aug. 31), China (Sept. 1), and Japan (Sept. 9) still to go. The worldwide total is now at $314.2 million. Made for $100 million, Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy.
Sony Pictures Animation’s The Emoji Movie added $12.4 million in the third spot and has grossed $49.5 million after two weeks. Directed by Tony Leondis, The Emoji Movie features the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara and Sir Patrick Stewart. It cost $50 million to make.
Universal’s Girls Trip brought in another $11.4 million in fourth its third weekend for a total of $85.4 million. Internationally, the comedy has earned $5.4 million. Directed by Malcolm Lee on a budget of just $19 million, Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah.
Aviron thriller Kidnap, starring Halle Berry, rounded out the top five with $10.2 million from 2,378 theaters, an average of $4,294 per theater. The film, which received a B+ CinemaScore, has been waiting for a release for several years due to the Relativity Media bankruptcy problems.
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming webbed up $8.8 million in sixth place to bring its five-week North American total to $294.9 million. Internationally, the film added $9.6 million to take its total to $376 million and worldwide sum to $670.9 million, with Japan (Aug. 11) and China (Sept. 8) still to come. Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya Coleman, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. The film was made for about $175 million.
Seventh place belonged to Focus Features’ Atomic Blonde, which made $8.2 million its second weekend and now stands at $34.1 million. Internationally, the action film has grossed $7.5 million. Directed by David Leitch and made for $30 million, Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones.
Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit (Annapurna Pictures) expanded into 3,007 theaters and took in $7.3 million in eighth place, for a total of $7.77 million after two weeks. Starring John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, and many more, the drama received an A- CinemaScore and cost $34 million to make.
War for the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox) brought in $6 million in ninth place and has earned $130.3 million after four weeks. Internationally, the third installment added 14 new markets and grossed $31.5 million from 10,592 screens. The overseas total is now at $147.8 million and global total at $278.1 million, with South Korea (Aug. 15), China (Sept. 15) and Japan (Oct. 13) still to come. Made for about $150 million, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary.
And Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 took tenth place with $5.3 million, which brings its six-week domestic total to $240.8 million. Internationally, the sequel has grossed $638.7 million, for a worldwide total of $879.5 million. Despicable Me 3 was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon. The $80 million film features the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, and Julie Andrews.
Also of note is Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman, which has now earned $399.5 million in North America and is about to become only the 27th film ever to reach the $400 million mark in North America. Wonder Woman‘s international total is up to $393.9 million, for a worldwide total of $793.4 million. Made for $149 million, the Patty Jenkins-directed film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis.