Lackluster Box Office: ‘The Dark Tower’ Takes Modest Lead, ‘Detroit’ Is Not Even Competing

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It’s a lackluster weekend ahead at the box office.The Dark Tower, the Stephen King adaptation, took a modest lead, coming in atop the box-office list on Friday with an estimated $7.7 million, Kathryn Bigelow’s new drama Detroit stumbled badly, collecting just $2.62 million. The thriller Kidnap, the weekend’s other new wide release, arrived in the middle of the day’s top ten, with $3.68 million.
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The Dark Tower, Sony and MRC’s first adaptation of the King fantasy novels, with its initial $7.7 million take (including $1.8 million in Thursday previews) is on its way to a weekend domestic debut of about $18.9 million.

Kidnap, an indie action pic that was originally set to be released by Relativity Media, collected $5 million on Friday (including $500K in previews) and its weekend cume is headed toward $10 million. The project, about a mother who will stop at nothing to get her kidnapped son back, is being handled by David Dinerstein’s new distribution outfit, Aviron. Luis Prieto directed the film.

 

Detroit, Bigelow’s latest, pulled in just $2.62 million on Friday (including $525K in previews) as it heads toward a weekend tally of $7 million to $8 million. That will put Detroit, expanding into 3,007 theaters after opening in select theaters last weekend, behind its tracking, which initially had it earning in the $13 million range.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Sony Pictures
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