Sony's Dark Tower Bombs Terribly At The Box Office

  • Sony's Dark Tower Bombs Terribly At The Box Office

Sony's Dark Tower Bombs Terribly At The Box Office

August is a lot quieter this year compared to last year when Suicide Squad came out.

The Dark Tower may have been a box office disappointment, but Sony and MRC still seem to be moving ahead with the franchise.

The film, based on a series of best-selling novels by horror and fantasy master Stephen King, stars Tom Taylor as a boy who finds himself in another dimension where a gunslinger (Idris Elba) helps him try to save the world from enemies including a Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). To put that into perspective, The Dukes of Hazzard movie opened on the same weekend back in 2005 with a $30 million haul. "There's a lot of summer box office left and its global rollout is just starting to take off".

The lackluster weekend box office numbers also didn't fare well for Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, based on the brutal real-life murders of three young black men at the Algiers Motel during the 1967 riots in MI.

Of interest, "The Drawing of the Three" would bring fan-favorite characters Eddie Dean and Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker into the mix, but Jake's role in the story is much more complicated, at least in the books. The movie got the highest revenue from Russian Federation of $4.1 million out of $8 million from the 19 different markets. 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.

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. The computer-animated comedy netted US$12.4 million. Those movies earned $10.2 million and $7.7 million respectively.

In third spot was Sony's The Emoji Movie.