Vikings star Katheryn Winnick dishes on her Dark Tower costars

Vikings star Katheryn Winnick dishes on her Dark Tower costars

The Dark Tower movie is underperforming thanks to poor word of mouth.

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.

"This is another tough weekend for the industry", concluded movie industry money-watcher Paul Dergarabedian at comScore.

For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo.

The World War Two epic falls to two with $17.6 million (£13.5 million) after two weeks in first place, but still emerges victorious as it sails past the $300 million (£230 million) mark worldwide.

Kathryn Bigelow's new film Detriot had a disappointing opening at the box office, and only brought in $7.3 million. Previous directors like J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard (he's a producer on the movie) attempted over the years to adapt King's eight books into some kind of workable feature.

Admitting that this is "uncharted territory" in terms of connecting film and TV in one franchise, "the success of the film has no correlation to whether the show will be successful or not, it has to stand on its own", Wiczyk said, noting that the performance of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. performance is not tied to how The Avengers movies do.

Still, over 40 years and with more than 50 films, by sheer law of maths a good number of the adaptations have turned out to be great movies, even though their degree of faithfulness to King's source material tends to vary wildly. With an all-star voicing cast including James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Christina Aguilera, and Sofia Vergara, the movie netted $12.4 million - not so bad for a film that scores a dismal 7% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also new this week is Kidnapped starring Halle Berry which debuts at 5 with $10 million.

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