'The Dark Tower' wins the weekend box office despite disgusting reviews

The Dark Tower tops the US box office with $19.5 million

With the first film only just hitting cinemas, it sounds like Columbia Pictures already has ambitious plans for where Nikolaj Arcel's The Dark Tower could take us with a sequel.

After a decade in development and talent the likes of Damon Lindelof, J.J. Abrams, and Ron Howard taking a swing at cracking it, the task of adapting Stephen King's The Dark Tower finally fell to Akiva Goldsman, a man who has a slew of box-office misfires to his credit.

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"The Dark Tower", produced by a 50/50 partnership between Sony and MRC for a reported 60 million United States dollars, stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, and managed to squeeze ahead of Warners" "Dunkirk', which took in another 17.6 million USD in its third weekend of release.

The less than $20 million opening is quite disappointing for a film that has spent years in production.

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The films total gross in the U.S. now sits at $133 million with $200 million fast approaching. From a worldwide standpoint, the movie has so far earned over $314.2 million.

In third spot was Sony's The Emoji Movie, a computer-animated comedy based on - yes - those expressive little symbols on cell phones.

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That leaves "Kidnap" ― from David Dinerstein's recently-launched Aviron, and Lotus ― which is racing to $10.2 million from 2,378 locations. The movie despite topping the charts last week managed to secure a modest $19.5 million out of 3451 locations. Christopher Nolan's World War II movie crossed the $300 million mark on Saturday, and by the end of the weekend should tally a $133.6 million domestic total. Sheridan conceived the movie as part of a loose trilogy that also includes two recent releases that he wrote, but did not direct, "Sicario" and "Hell or High Water".

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