BOX OFFICE REPORT
August 4-6, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Dark Tower||$19.5 million|
|The Emoji Movie||$12.3 million|
|Girls Trip||$11.4 million|
After years in development hell, the film adaptation of the Dark Tower finally saw the light of day and audiences said, "Eh." Despite the star power of Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, as well as being based on one of the most beloved Stephen King's novels, bad reviews and stories of troubled production factored into its blasé reception. The film earned only $19.5 million. That was enough to be the top film of the weekend, but the only movie to earn less this year and still take the top spot was the third weekend of Split back in February.
Dunkirk and The Emoji Movie each slipped down a spot. The former is now the fourth-biggest World War II movie ever, behind Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor and the first Captain America flick. The animated film only fell 50 percent and nearly crossed $50 million. That's not great, but still surprising considering how atrocious the reviews were.
Girls Trip wasn't far behind, and as it approaches $100 million, it's clear it's one of the surprise successes of the year. (Well, it's clear to everyone but Hollywood studios, who don't greenlight more movies starring African-Americans.) And Halle Berry turned in another lead performance in material that's beneath her talent in Kidnap. That film earned $10.2 million, which is likely a tidy profit for the film that didn't have any other big-name stars.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Wind River, a crime procedural from Taylor Sheridan, writer of both Hell or High Water and Sicario. It averaged a whopping $41,042 on just four screens. That's the third-biggest indie debut after The Big Sick and The Beguiled.
- Detroit didn't quite catch on with mainstream audiences. The latest Kathryn Bigelow thriller only earned $7.2 million, which was only good enough for eighth place.
- It's just a little bit off, but we'll go ahead and congratulate it: Wonder Woman has just about crossed $400 million, making it the 27th movie to do so.
Annabelle: Creation is almost certain to be the top movie, given the weakness of the competition and how often audiences turn out for a horror flick its first weekend. I don't predict the more indie-minded The Glass Castle or the animated sequel The Nut Job 2 will put up much of a fight.