With the long-awaited Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower and the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap opening this weekend could Dunkirk steal a third weekend at the top spot? With the end of the big summer releases coming to an end would the overall box office continue to dip? Let’s take a look!
Finishing at the top spot after the slowest weekend since April was the sci-fi/fantasy The Dark Tower, which as mentioned is based on the Stephen King series of the same name. Bringing in roughly $19.5 million over the three days it fell below expectations after a rough week of poor reviews and a sub par CinemaScore of “B”, that plus it currently sits at an abysmal 18% on Rotten Tomatoes.
With a budget of $60 million, it’s likely the film will lose money domestically as it hopes to see better numbers over seas but with poor audience reaction to the film it will be a steep uphill climb and word was that the studio has already written it off as a loss.
In second was the last two weeks #1 film Dunkirk, which dropped only 34% to add another $17.6 million for a North American total of $134 million. Combine that with $180 million in international receipts the film now has a worldwide total of $314 million with plenty of big markets left to open in.
Third was Sony’s animated feature The Emoji Movie, which fell 50% for a weekend haul of $12.3 million good enough for a $50 million domestic total in just 10 days. International numbers are still low but it has yet to open in plenty of markets around the world.
Rounding out the top 5 were the surprise hit Girl’s Trip and the weekend’s other new release Kidnap, starring Halle Berry. Girl’s Trip added another $11.4 million to is now $85 million total in North America. If the low weekly drops continue, this film stands a chance of hitting $100 million if it can maintain a good theater count. Kidnap meanwhile performed as expected and made $10.2 million over the weekend with a “B” CinemaScore. That score would need to be a little higher if this film hopes to stick around but it’s not likely to happen with a late summer crowd.
Expanding to 3,000 screens Kathryn Bigelow’s latest drama Detroit managed only $7.7 million in spite of very strong reviews and audience scores. And still creeping along is WB’s Wonder Woman which is now just shy of $400 million domestically but should cross that mark sometime Monday or Tuesday. That plus Japan still to open, the film is a lock to make well over $800 worldwide which is great news for WB and the DCU going into Justice League which comes out in November.
Next weekend, the only notable release is the next installment in the Warner Bros. The Conjuring series, Annabelle: Creation. It should absolutely have no problem finishing at the top spot as it will most certainly steal people away from The Dark Tower plus early reaction to the film has been very strong with a current RT score of 100%.