Dark Tower rises above Dunkirk

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LOS AN­GE­LES — The long-awaited sci-fi-Western

The Dark Tower, from Columbia Pic­tures, shot straight to No. 1 at the box of­fice, un­seat­ing Christo­pher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

How­ever, The Dark Tower, based on a Stephen King fan­tasy se­ries, opened to a mid­dling $19.1 mil­lion in U.S. and Cana­dian the­aters.

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 per­cent male, 42 per­cent fe­male, and 58 per­cent over age 25) gave it a B grade from Cine­maS­core, com­pared to the 18 per­cent pos­i­tive rating from crit­ics on Rot­ten Toma­toes.

Dunkirk, Warner Bros.’ World War II drama, dropped to sec­ond place with $17.1 mil­lion. Its 34 per­cent drop from last weekend was among the small­est in the top 10. The film’s grosses have been bol­stered by pow­er­ful re­views and wide­spread in­ter­est in Nolan’s ren­der­ing of the mis­sion to res­cue Bri­tish sol­diers as Ger­man forces closed in.

Com­ing in third was Columbia’s com­puter-gen­er­ated com­edy The Emoji Movie, with $12 mil­lion.

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

Round­ing out the top five was Av­i­ron’s Halle Ber­ryled thriller Kid­nap, which de­buted to $10 mil­lion. The poorly re­viewed film was fi­nally re­leased af­ter sit­ting on the shelf for a cou­ple of years.

Kathryn Bigelow’s well-re­viewed Detroit ar­rived to $7.1 mil­lion in North Amer­i­can ticket sales over the weekend in eighth place, a limp re­sult for a wide-re­lease movie that cost at least $55 mil­lion to make and mar­ket.

Detroit, a har­row­ing ac­count of the ri­ots that en­gulfed that city in 1967, with a fo­cus on the killings of black teenagers by po­lice, was not Hollywood’s most ex­pen­sive new of­fer­ing. But it was the re­lease that Hollywood was watch­ing most keenly, partly be­cause it rep­re­sented an ef­fort by An­na­purna Pic­tures to join the movie-busi­ness big leagues.

The film in­creased to 3,000 screens over the weekend af­ter a lim­ited re­lease on 20 the week prior. Re­views have been pos­i­tive, with a 95 per­cent fresh rating on Rot­ten Toma­toes for the film star­ring John Boyega, Will Poul­ter, Al­gee Smith and Anthony Mackie.

“We wish more peo­ple would have shown,” said Erik Lomis, An­na­pura’s pres­i­dent of dis­tri­bu­tion.

In lim­ited re­lease, Fox Searchlight’s Step took in $145,000 across 29 lo­ca­tions in its first weekend. The doc­u­men­tary chron­i­cles a high school step dance team in Bal­ti­more. Step re­ceived a 94 per­cent 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, di­rected by Tay­lor Sheri­dan, is set on an Amer­i­can In­dian reser­va­tion in Wyoming and stars Jeremy Ren­ner and Elizabeth Olsen.

Com­ing to­day 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.

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