The Dark Tower barely beat Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in its opening weekend, rounding out what’s been a slow summer box office. Director Nikolaj Arcel’s highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s novel opened to mostly poor reviews, sitting at 18% on Rotten Tomatoes as of Sunday. But The Dark Tower was still projected to beat out fellow new release Detroit and give Dunkirk a run when it first hit theaters.

The Dark Tower was projected earlier this week to land at around $20-25 million in its first weekend, making back a good chunk of its relatively modest $66 million budget (including reshoots). Detroit was also slated to gross about $10-15 million in its wide release. But the weekend totals are in, and while The Dark Tower managed to win, it came in lower than expected – underlining how the summer box office as a whole had a steep drop-off from last year.

As reported by Variety, The Dark Tower managed to unseat Dunkirk at the top spot of the domestic box office with $19.5 million from 3,451 locations. While that fell below its earlier projections of $20 million, it narrowly beat out Columbia’s estimate of $19 million. Dunkirk, meanwhile, finished second with $17.6 million at 4,014 locations, which is only a 34% drop from last weekend. Already one of the most commercially successful World War II movies ever, Dunkirk should end up with about $133.6 million domestically and passed the $300 million mark worldwide on Saturday. Made mostly with IMAX cameras, Nolan’s latest grossed $4 million this weekend from IMAX screenings alone.

Christopher Nolan and Harry Styles on Dunkirk set The Dark Tower Narrowly Beats Dunkirk At Poor Weekend Box Office

Sony’s The Emoji Movie checks in at third place with $12.35 million from 4,075 locations, only a 50% drop from last week. Universal’s Girls Trip continues to be the summer’s biggest comedy, bringing in another $11.4 million from 2,582 theaters to finish fourth. Rounding out the top-5 is Aviron Pictures’ Halle Berry-led thriller Kidnap, which earned $10.2 million from 2,378 locations.

Detroit, meanwhile, fell short of its $10 million projection with just $7.3 million at 3,007 locations. The movie opened to widespread acclaim with an 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes as of Sunday and will likely get plenty of attention come awards season, but it’s nonetheless a disappointing start for Bigelow’s latest collaboration with writer Mark Boal. The overall summer box office is down from the same time period last year, when Suicide Squad opened to $133.7 million in the U.S. Despite the continued success for blockbusters like Dunkirk, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Wonder Woman, a string of recent disappointments has left the box office lagging behind 2016.

It’s not all bad news for the summer box office, as Wonder Woman is poised to cross the $400 million mark domestically in the coming days. But several other big-budget summer releases have not caught on with audiences. Some, like King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, have outright flopped, while the critically panned The Dark Tower is also likely to drop off significantly from here. The box office should see an end-of-year surge with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and other tentpoles, but it has nonetheless been an underwhelming summer overall.

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Source: Variety

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