A beautiful summer weekend for much of the East Coast may have contributed to a lackluster box office led by the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, marking the lowest grossing weekend of the summer and the sixth lowest of 2017 so far with the top twelve films grossing just $111.5 million.
The Dark Tower did take the top spot, bowing with a weak $19.1 million at more than 3,400 locations. On the bright side, this is the second highest grossing opening for a film based on a Stephen King property, just behind 2007’s 1408 but with the interest building for the upcoming IT remake, both of those titles should drop a notch. What remains to be seen is how the film’s ongoing performance affects the proposed television series the film was meant to launch. With its $8 million from foreign markets, the $60 million film has earned just $27.1 million in its first weekend.
The Halle Berry thriller Kidnap didn’t seem to do much better but grosses can be deceiving. The film debuted at Number 5 with $10 million, but on significantly fewer screens, 2,378, than The Dark Tower (3,451), Dunkirk (4,014) or The Emoji Movie (4,075), and about 200 less than Girls Trip. However, Kidnap‘s per screen average ($4,212) topped that of The Emoji Movie ($2,946) and was in about the same ballpark as Dunkirk and Girls Trip. So $10 million isn’t such a bad number.
Not holding up very well even with a 1,935% boost from its opening week was Detroit, which expanded to 3,007 screens and only hit the Number 8 spot with $7.1 million, a per screen average of $2,370. Not good for a film that has received generally favorable reviews, currently at 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 18% for The Dark Tower. Way outside the Top Ten, thriller Wind River opened on just four screens at Number 28 with a $40,390 per screen average.
Wonder Woman exited the Top Ten, slipping to Number 13 this week with nearly $2.3 million, giving it a domestic gross of $399.4 million. A half million more and the film will be the 27th film of all time to cross $400 million domestically. Worldwide the film has now earned $793.8 million. Dunkirk took a small 36% dip from last week, moving down to the Number 2 spot with $17.1 million and a domestic total of $133 million. The film added about $25 million from foreign markets bringing its worldwide gross to $314.1 million.
Last week’s newcomers didn’t have much staying power this week. The Emoji Movie dropped 51%, moving down one spot to Number 3 with $12 million. Atomic Blonde took a bigger 55% hit and fell three spots to Number 7 with $8.1 million. The downfall of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets continued as the film fell out of the Top Ten in its third week, landing at Number 12 with $2.3 million and a domestic gross of $36.1 million. Internationally, the film has earned $51.6 million for a global total of $87.8 million against a $177 million budget.
The coming weekend probably won’t do much to increase Hollywood’s fortunes unless the latest film in the Conjuring franchise, Annabelle: Creation, conjures up some big numbers. The Conjuring 2 bowed at $40.4 million and went on to earn over $100 million domestically. The first Conjuring movie opened with $41.8 million, while the first Annabelle movie brought in more than $37 million. Early reviews have been fairly good so audiences may be ready for something different as the summer winds down. Also opening wide is the animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature and a mid-level release for The Glass Castle.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of August 4.
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo