‘Dark Tower’ tops slow week­end with $19.5M at box of­fice

Cape Breton Post - - Entertainment -

NEW YORK — Af­ter a decade of de­vel­op­ment and sev­eral post­pone­ments, the long-awaited Stephen King adap­ta­tion “The Dark Tower’’ de­buted with an es­ti­mated $19.5 mil­lion in North Amer­i­can ticket sales, nar­rowly edg­ing out the two-week leader “Dunkirk.’’

The so-so re­sult for “The Dark Tower,’’ star­ring Idris Elba and Matthew Mc­Conaughey, wasn’t spec­tac­u­lar, but am­bi­tions had al­ready been scaled down for the movie, made for about $65 mil­lion by Sony Pic­tures and Me­dia Rights Cap­i­tal. Christo­pher Nolan’s Sec­ond World War epic “Dunkirk’’ slid to sec­ond with $17.6 mil­lion in its third week. It’s now made $133.6 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally. An­other long de­layed film made its de­but. The Halle Berry thriller “Kid­nap’’ opened with $10.2 mil­lion. In its first week of wide re­lease, the Kathryn Bigelow-di­rected docu­d­rama “Detroit’’ dis­ap­pointed with $7.8 mil­lion.

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