The Dark Tower
Friday Box Office Analysis
By Tim Briody
August 5, 2017
The much anticipated (and much reviled by critics) Stephen King adaptation of The Dark Tower wins Friday with $7.7 million. Sorry, nerds. It’s got a small lead over Dunkirk on Friday but we might be looking at a photo finish, with The Dark Tower likely to not have a great weekend due to the awful reviews and a small fanboy factor at play. Dark Tower should come out on top, but just barely. Look for a weekend of $18.3 million.
Halle Berry’s Kidnap manages $3.7 million on Friday, slightly above expectations. The action thriller is notable mainly in that it’s the first wide release from independent distributor Aviron Pictures, it’s looking at a weekend of $10 million.
Expanding to wide release after an okay limited performance last weekend, Detroit could only take in $2.6 million in 3,000 theaters. Despite its pedigree (directed by Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty), the subject matter is a rather tough sell for a wide release and the box office shows. Detroit will wind up with a weekend of $7.8 million.
Dunkirk is in contention for the rare summer threepeat at the top, but The Dark Tower has enough of a lead on Friday that it should come out ahead at the end. It adds another $5 million (down 36% from last Friday) to give it $120.9 million to date, and if there’s any summer release that’s definitely in the Oscar conversation, this one’s it. Dunkirk looks for a $17 million weekend.