The Dark Tower tops the United States box office with $19.5 million

Weekend Box Office: It Did Not Go Well For 'The Dark Tower'

August is a lot quieter this year compared to last year when Suicide Squad came out.

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. The Dark Tower movie is underperforming thanks to poor word of mouth.

Off the back of not very impressive reviews, the first film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower saga struggled to gain much traction at the U.S. box office over the weekend.

For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo.

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Internationally, the $60 million-budgeted fantasy grossed a further $8 million from 19 countries, meaning it has recouped nearly half of its budget with the majority of global markets still to come, including the United Kingdom on August 18th.

However, Christopher Nolan's World War II epic "Dunkirk" is still holding strong and took its domestic total to 133.6 million Dollars. Previous directors like J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard (he's a producer on the movie) attempted over the years to adapt King's eight books into some kind of workable feature. Christopher Nolan's World War II movie crossed the $300 million mark on Saturday, and by the end of the weekend should tally a $133.6 million domestic total. The movie got the highest revenue from Russian Federation of $4.1 million out of $8 million from the 19 different markets.

The Emoji Movie saw a huge drop this weekend earning only $12.35 million.

Meanwhile, Aviron's "Kidnap", the Halle Berry thriller which has been awaiting release for two years, scored a modest debut, taking in 10.2 million Dollars.

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