‘Dark Tower’ de­buts at No. 1

The Stephen King adap­ta­tion comes out with guns ablaz­ing, best­ing ‘Dunkirk.’

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Son­aiya Kel­ley son­aiya.kel­ley@la­times.com

The Stephen King adap­ta­tion is king of week­end box of­fice.

The long-awaited sci-fi­west­ern “The Dark Tower,” from Sony Pic­tures and Me­dia Rights Cap­i­tal, shot straight to No. 1 at the box of­fice, un­seat­ing Christo­pher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.”

“The Dark Tower,” based on a Stephen King fan­tasy series, opened to an es­ti­mated $19.5 mil­lion in the U.S. and Canada, in line with stu­dio pro­jec­tions of $19 mil­lion and just short of an­a­lysts’ pro­jec­tions of $20 mil­lion to $25 mil­lion.

“‘Dark Tower’ was an am­bi­tious and bold un­der­tak­ing, and it was made at the right price,” said Adrian Smith, the stu­dio’s dis­tri­bu­tion chief. “We’re look­ing for­ward, as there’s a lot of sum­mer left. Our in­ter­na­tional roll-out is just start­ing to take off.”

Star­ring Idris Elba as no­madic gun­slinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as his neme­sis, the Man in Black, the movie opened to gen­er­ally poor re­views. Film­go­ers (58% male, 42% fe­male, and 58% over age 25) gave it a B grade from Cine­maS­core, com­pared to the 18% pos­i­tive rat­ing from crit­ics on Rot­ten Toma­toes.

“Dunkirk,” Warner Bros.’ World War II drama, dropped to sec­ond place with $17.6 mil­lion. Its 34% drop from last week­end was among the small­est in the top 10.

“Dunkirk” grosses have been bol­stered by pow­er­ful re­views and wide­spread in­ter­est in Nolan’s ren­der­ing of the mis­sion to res­cue Al­lied sol­diers as Ger­man forces closed in.

Com­ing in third was Sony’s com­puter-gen­er­ated com­edy “The Emoji Movie,” with $12.4 mil­lion.

Univer­sal’s R-rated en­sem­ble com­edy “Girls Trip” was fourth, with $11.4 mil­lion.

Round­ing out the top five was Av­i­ron’s Halle Berry-led thriller “Kidnap,” which de­buted to $10.2 mil­lion, just above its mod­est $8-mil­lion pro­jec­tion. Star­ring Berry as a sin­gle mother on a mis­sion to save her ab­ducted son, the movie faced its own high-stakes drama in 2015 when it be­came en­gulfed in Rel­a­tiv­ity Me­dia’s Chap­ter 11 bank­ruptcy pro­ceed­ings. The film, di­rected by Luis Pri­eto, suf­fered mul­ti­ple de­lays be­fore the pro­duc­ers took it to Av­i­ron Pic­tures.

Mean­while, the wide re­lease of “Detroit,” the lat­est from Os­car-win­ning direc­tor Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”), came in with $7.3 mil­lion, un­der an­a­lysts’ ex­pec­ta­tions of $10 mil­lion to $15 mil­lion.

The Annapurna Pic­tures-dis­trib­uted movie, which cen­ters on civil un­rest in Detroit in 1967, in­creased to 3,000 screens over the week­end af­ter a lim­ited re­lease on 20 the week pre­vi­ous. Re­views have been pos­i­tive, with a 95% “fresh” rat­ing on Rot­ten Toma­toes for the film star­ring John Boyega, Will Poul­ter, Al­gee Smith and An­thony Mackie.

In lim­ited re­lease, Fox Search­light’s “Step” took in $145,000 across 29 lo­ca­tions in its first week­end. The doc­u­men­tary chron­i­cles a girls high school step dance team in Bal­ti­more. “Step” re­ceived a 94% ap­proval rat­ing on Rot­ten Toma­toes and will add 24 cities this week.

We­in­stein Co.’s “Wind River” opened in four lo­ca­tions, tak­ing in $164,167. The mur­der mys­tery, which was di­rected by Tay­lor Sheri­dan, (is set on an In­dian reser­va­tion in Wy­oming and stars Jeremy Ren­ner and El­iz­a­beth Olsen.

Com­ing this week are Warner Bros.’ hor­ror pre­quel “Annabelle: Cre­ation,” Open Road Films’ in­die an­i­mated se­quel “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Na­ture,” and Lion­s­gate’s drama “The Glass Cas­tle,” an adap­ta­tion of the mem­oir by Jean­nette Walls.

Sony Pic­tures

“THE DARK TOWER,” with Idris Elba, opened to $19.5 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally.

Annapurna Pic­tures

“DETROIT,” with John Boyega, took in dis­ap­point­ing $7.2 mil­lion in wide re­lease.

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