The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s epic, “The Dark Tower,” pushed “Dunkirk” from the top spot at the weekend box office, but it had little to brag about. The weekend was the slowest since April in terms of overall ticket sales, and the $19.5 million made by “The Dark Tower” was the lowest No. 1 opening yet this year.
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.
Two other high-profile new releases — Halle Berry’s thriller “Kidnap” and Oscar-winning director Katheryn Bigelow’s historical drama “Detroit” — opened to disappointing numbers, with $10.2 million and $7.25 million, respectively. Both finished below holdovers “The Emoji Movie” ($12.4 million) and “Girls Trip” ($11.4 million).
Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama “Dunkirk” slipped to second place, after two weeks atop the box-office list, with $17.6 million. “Dunkirk” passed the $300 million mark over the weekend, including an estimated $133 million domestically.
Meanwhile, “Wonder Woman,” from Time Warner Inc.’s TWX, +0.17% Warner Bros., earned $2.4 million, putting its overall total at $399.5 million, making it the second-highest-grossing movie this year in the U.S., trailing only Walt Disney Co.’s DIS, -1.31% “Beauty and the Beast,” which took in $504 million.