Box Office:’The Dark Tower’ Tops, ‘Detroit’ DOA
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Overall, moviegoers ignored the new box-office offerings this weekend. Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) The Dark Tower based on Stephen King’s fantasy novel series topped at # 1 with $19.5-M in North America
Detroit, the latest film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, came DOA, grossing a mere $7.25-M at the weekend and coming 8th on the list
Kidnap, the Halle Berry thriller which has been awaiting release for 2 years, marked a modest debut, with $10.2-M.
Kidnap and Detroit both debuted below holdovers Dunkirk, The Emoji Movie and Girls Trip.
Detroit got some attention, as the 1st movie from Ms. Bigelow following Zero Dark Thirty.
The film is set during the Detroit riots of Y 1967 was written by Ms. Bigelow’s longtime collaborator Mark Boal. The $40-M film has met heavy audience resistance despite positive ratings.
Those audiences who were willing to give Detroit a chance gave it an A-minus CinemaScore. The movie drew its biggest audiences in theaters throughout Michigan.
Kidnap, which was originally set to be released by Relativity Media before new distributor Aviron picked up its domestic release rights, pulled in $10.2-M at the weekend.
Focus Features’ Atomic Blonde earned $2.421-M falling 66% on its 2nd Friday for a likely $8-M of -56% in its 2nd frame, and $33.9-M 10-day take at the domestic box office.
On the specialty front
The Weinstein Co.’s snowbound thriller Wind River, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan and starring Jeremy Renner, made its debut after stops at Sundance and Cannes. Playing 4 locations, it took in $164,167 for a strong per-theater average of $41,042.
Columbus, the debut feature from South Korean director Kogonada, opened in exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles at the weekend. The drama, is the 1st film released with the support of the Sundance Institute’s newly established Creative Distribution Fellowship grossed an estimated $28,800 for a per-screen average of $14,400.
Fox Searchlight introduced Amanda Lipitz’ Step, a documentary about a girls high-school step dance team, in 29 locations, where it did $145,000 worth of business for a per-loction average of $5,000.
In its 2nd weekend, the climate change documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, from Paramount and Participant Media, expanded to 180 locations domestically and grossed $900,000, bringing its cumulative take to $1.052 million.
This weekend at the international box office
Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes took (NASDAQ:FOX) in an additional $31.5-M internationally to bring its worldwide take to $278.1-M.
Dunkirk crossed the $300-M mark worldwide as it collected an additional $25-M in foreign territories, bringing its worldwide box office to $314.2-M.
Universal’s, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Despicable Me 3 added $21.2-M as its worldwide box office grew to $879.5-M.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.