Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has long been one of the most anticipated films of 2017 with endless buzz and social media activity about the film. But the Friday numbers at the box office have disagreed with social media trends and the numbers are shaky at best.
“Death is an illusion!”
In the official report by Box Office Mojo for Friday’s haul, The Dark Tower did debut at number 1, but only by a few mere inches. The Dark Tower came in first place at $7.7 million followed by holdover-hit Dunkirk at $5 million. The speculation, with all of the summer-long buzz, was that The Dark Tower would hit somewhere around $20 million, leaving it with a potential $60 million weekend haul.
It appears as though that is not the case for The Dark Tower, which has gone through so much to hit the big screen that it just seems like a major let down for some fans who want to see the whole series play out on video.
This will also lead to the butterfly effect that will effect the fate of more films in The Dark Tower series. If the movie bombs, then future films in the franchise could hit a roadblock before pre-production even begins. As a matter of fact, they could get axed altogether.
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As with most fans of Stephen King and The Dark Tower, we have all seen a renaissance of his dark literary material bursting out of the big and small screens lately. That includes The Mist, IT, 11/22/63, Castle Rock, Carrie and a few others that have been slated for release in the near future.
“The True Apex Predator”
Some Stephen King fans have also weighed in, saying that The Dark Tower should have been a TV series to start with, given how much material the series has to work with and how far it will stretch out over several movies. But in the end, The Dark Tower movie was optioned and this is how it’s playing out.
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