Sony's sci-fi fantasy movie The Dark Tower led ticket sales in North American theatres last weekend, but its estimated three-day take of a modest US$19.5 million (S$26.5 million) fell on a notably sluggish August weekend. It was directed by A Royal Affair's Nikolaj Arcel.
Made for about $66 million counting reshoots, the story centers on a boy (played by Tom Taylor) who discovers another dimension where he aligns himself with a Gunslinger (Elba) on a mission to save the world from various enemies, including the Man in Black (McConaughey). The film garners a paltry 18% approval on the Rotten Tomatoes review site.
Two other high-profile new releases - Halle Berry's thriller "Kidnap" and Oscar-winning director Katheryn Bigelow's historical drama "Detroit" - opened to disappointing numbers, with $10.2 million and $7.25 million, respectively.
The films total gross in the U.S. now sits at $133 million with $200 million fast approaching.
The summer movie season is crawling to the finish line. The movie is toplined by "Star Wars" breakout John Boyega, as well as Will Poulter, and Algee Smith.
The viewer approval for the movie, which drew mixed reviews from critics was in the 70%+, lower than the percentage of viewers interested in a TV series.
Meanwhile, Aviron's "Kidnap", the Halle Berry thriller which has been awaiting release for two years, scored a modest debut, taking in 10.2 million United States dollars. Those movies earned $10.2 million and $7.7 million respectively. This summer has lagged overall due to a number of big-budget movies flopping or underperforming, and this latest showing will only put the business farther behind.