Box Office Weekend: The Dark Tower Narrowly Beats Dunkirk

Box Office Weekend: The Dark Tower Narrowly Beats Dunkirk

Box Office Weekend: The Dark Tower Narrowly Beats Dunkirk

Despite almost universal critical disdain, The Dark Tower won the first weekend of the month, handily besting its new wide-release competition and ending Dunkirk's two-week reign at the top.

The movie - starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Taylor - took in 19.5 million dollars (£14.9 million) to take the top spot.

As the dog days of summer drag on, a trio of wide releases are kicking off the August box office with a whimper.

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. Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's latest collaboration should end up with $7.3 million from 3,007 locations this weekend.

Dunkirk came in second at the box office this week amassing $17.6 million falling only 34% from its initial release. 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. It has racked up $133.6 million in domestic sales so far, and worldwide sales have topped $300 million, according to studio sources quoted by comScore. The movie got the highest revenue from Russian Federation of $4.1 million out of $8 million from the 19 different markets.

Still, over 40 years and with more than 50 films, by sheer law of maths a good number of the adaptations have turned out to be great movies, even though their degree of faithfulness to King's source material tends to vary wildly. Those movies earned $10.2 million and $7.7 million respectively. The movie stars Halle Berry as a mother attempting to rescue her son after he is taken.

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