Sony’s long-awaited ‘Dark Tower’ may unseat ‘Dunkirk’ with $25-million box-office premiere
Idris Elba stars as the Gunslinger opposite Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black in “The Dark Tower.”
Ticket sales since the first weekend of May are down 8% in the United States and Canada compared with the same period a year earlier, totaling $3 billion, according to ComScore. That’s despite the success of recent movies including
“Dark Tower” is expected to replace “Dunkirk” at the top of the box-office charts with $20 million to $25 million in domestic sales Friday through Sunday, according to analysts. The studio is going with a conservative $19-million projection. The acclaimed Christopher Nolan World War II epic, which has spent two weekends in that position and racked up $101 million in domestic grosses, should take in roughly $15 million. Meanwhile, Annapurna Pictures’ “Detroit” and
King of darkness
It’s fitting that a movie based on an eight-part Stephen King fantasy series would endure a long and twisted quest before hitting theaters. The companies behind it will soon find out if it was worth the wait.
The new movie, co-financed by Media Rights Capital, stars Idris Elba as nomadic gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis the Man in Black. Sony says “The Dark Tower,” which features two major stars and digital effects, cost $60 million to make after factoring in production incentives. The film, which clocks in at a relatively brisk 95-minute run time, saved money by filming mostly in South Africa.
King, not always fond of adaptations of his work, is credited as a producer on “The Dark Tower.” It was directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, best known for the 2012 historical drama “A Royal Affair.”
The big-screen fate of the “Dark Tower” series has been a subject of much speculation for at least a decade.
King’s books have spawned multiple film and television adaptations, including classics such as “The Shining,” “Misery” and “Carrie.” But there have also been some notorious flops, including the widely panned “Dreamcatcher.” New Line Cinema next month will unleash its own King adaptation, “It.”
Annapurna Pictures is making its premiere as a Hollywood distributor with the wide release of “Detroit,” the latest movie from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). The drama, which centers on civil unrest in Detroit in 1967, is expected to take in $10 million to $15 million Friday through Sunday, according to people who have reviewed audience surveys.
Reviews have been generally positive for its depiction of police violence against black men in a hotel, with a 95% “fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, propelling the film to a strong $350,000 in its limited release last weekend.
Annapurna Pictures, founded by Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle Corp. co-founder
Taken (from Relativity)
The new thriller “Kidnap,” which stars Halle Berry as a single mother on a mission to save her abducted son, had to be rescued from its own high-stakes drama before it could grace the multiplex.
It was previously supposed to get its release from Ryan Kavanaugh’s
“Kidnap” is not expected to do much business this weekend, with analysts predicting about $8 million in domestic ticket sales through Sunday.
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