After more than a decade of development, Stephen King’s fantastical world of The Dark Tower hit theaters this weekend. But while the film features a Man in Black (courtesy Matthew McConaughey), it will be a while before the film gets into the black.
The Dark Tower movie—an amalgamation/sequel of sorts to King’s massive series—did debut at No. 1, and that’s nothing to shake an antiquated six-shooter at. But it did so by earning a scant $19.5 million in North America (and another $8 million overseas). King himself makes that sort of coin when he publishes his grocery list. Given that Sony spent $60 million making the thing (not counting promotional costs), The Dark Tower feels like it might be ripe for foreclosure.
Dunkirk, the two-time champ, slipped to second with $17.6 million. Christopher Nolan’s oft-praised war film has now collected $133.6 million here in North America.
The Emoji Movie posted another meh-faced shruggy-shoulders result, banking about $12.4 million for third place. Still, the flick warded off fairly strong challenges from the raunchy R-rated holdover Girls Trip (which finished fourth with $11.4 million) and the Halle Berry-starring newcomer Kidnap ($10.2 million for fifth).
Kidnap pushed Spider-Man: Homecoming to sixth place. What does that mean to you, dear reader? Absolutely nothing. But for a stats geek like me, it’s significant. See, Spider-Man’s fall marks the first time in 13 weeks that a superhero movie hasn’t landed in the top five.
Finally, Oscar-winning Director Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, Detroit, expanded into more than 3,000 theaters this weekend. But while most critics appreciated the movie (you can read what our own Adam Holz wrote about it here), moviegoers weren’t apparently all that intrigued. Detroit limped into eighth place with about $7.3 million.