The good news for the franchise-starting The Dark Tower movie is that it's number one at the box office this weekend — but with the lowest amount of any #1 movie so far this year. The long-awaited adaptation of the Stephen King novel series pulled in $19.5 million domestically.
What appeared to be an potential summer blockbuster with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey just beat out the highly reviewed Dunkirk at $17.6 million. The film also has a wide divide between critics' reviews and fan opinion, as The Dark Tower only impressed 18% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience score is at 63%. Critics have likened it to a Lord of the Rings/Matrix mashup or reminiscent of The Last Action Hero.
Overall, the box office didn't do well this weekend, especially for first-time films. The Halle Berry film Kidnap that has been waiting two years for release brought in $10.2 million for fifth place and director Katheryn Bigelow's new film Detroit with John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and Algee Smith took eighth with a $7.2 million opening. The horribly reviewed The Emoji Movie came in third with $12.3 million.
It's hard to judge how much of The Dark Tower's weekend was dictated by negative reviews and how much was by fans just not choosing to go to the movies this weekend. Even a widely liked film like Spider-Man: Homecoming only took in $8.8 million, which put it at sixth for the weekend in its fifth week.
But not all films had a bad weekend. The Dark Tower averaged $5,651 per screen for the 3,451 screens it's on. While second place on that per screen average list is Al Gore's climate change film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power which brought in an average of $5,000 per screen, but it's only playing on 180 screens. That's almost a thousand dollars per screen more than the third-place film…The Emoji Movie.