The Dark Tower (2017)
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Despite its poor box office performance and generally negative reviews, the film debuted at No. 1 on both Npd VideoScan’s overall disc chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The film knocked 20th Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third installment in the science-fiction reboot film series, to No. 2, a week after its debut at No. 1. “War” still sold nearly 85% as many units its second week in stores as “Dark Tower” did in its first week of availability.
Another Sony Pictures film, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” slipped to No. 3 on both sales charts, down from No. 2 the prior week and No. 1 its first week
AMC made the announcement after the stock market closed Monday afternoon. Shares fell 9% in afterhours trading on the New York Stock Exchange to $11.10, down $1.10.
“We have been predicting weakness in the third quarter industry box office, due to the quantity and subject matter of the films that were scheduled to be released,” said Adam Aron, president and CEO. “Not surprisingly, our foreshadow was accurate.”
The third quarter was one of the roughest in recent years for the domestic box office with Sony’s “The Dark Tower” and STXfilms’ “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” falling short of expectations. August box office was the lowest in a decade.
“In a high fixed-cost, low variable-cost business, this has led to lower Ebitda generation for AMC in the third quarter of 2017,” Aron added.
The first Stephen King adaptation of this past summer (we also loved the very creepy It, of course) The Dark Tower is officially in the Cineplex Store, and we definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of adventure, fantasy, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, or any of the above.
We’ve put together a list of five reasons why you should head to the Cineplex Store to check out The Dark Tower, and see for yourself why it’s one of our favourites from this summer!
The Dark Tower is available to rent and buy in the Cineplex Store now, click here for more information.
Matthew McConaughey as a villain
Matthew McConaughey admittedly isn’t the first person we would imagine as an ultra-villain in an epic Stephen King adaptation,
Starry Eyes directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer will helm a remake of the 1989 flick, with Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich penning the script.
Based on a 1983 King novel of the same name, Pet Semetary tells the story of a pet cemetery built on a Native American burial ground in Maine, and the family who moves into the new home next to it. Spooky, supernatural occurrences abound.
The original, which starred Dale Midriff,
For those of you who may have missed it in theaters, The Dark Tower comes home on Halloween, and Lionsgate has given the cult classic Slaughter High the Vestron Video treatment for their brand new Blu. Blue Underground is also keeping busy this week with a pair of Collector’s Edition sets, too—The Lift and Down—and the complete series of Orphan Black makes its home release bow on Halloween, too.
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The theory comes to us from The Film Theorists and, basically, it centers on those who have the ability to Shine, like Danny Torrence in The Shining. Essentially, the theory presents quite a bit of evidence that suggests the members of The Losers Club have this ability, which explains
The film will be a co-production between Neon and Vice with Neon, which bought the rights for the film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, handling distribution. CAA will be negotiating the domestic sales while Rocket Science handled international sales.
“Beach Bum” is a comedy that follows the misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large. Fisher will play Moondog’s wife.
The film will be written and directed by Korine, whose unique filmmaking style gained recognition with “Spring Breakers,” which starred James Franco and brought in $31 million at the worldwide box office.
Le Grisbi Productions’ John Lesher, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce. The film is executive produced by Tom Quinn and Tim League for Neon and Shane Smith, [link
A potential TV series remains in development – which according to King will be a reboot – but in an interview with The Radio Times, actor Idris Elba has revealed that he’s hoping for a second big screen outing as the Gunslinger:
“I think any TV series that is an offshoot from the film can have more time to explore some themes. I’d personally prefer to do another Dark Tower film, exploring some more of the gunslinger – as a film. I don’t know much about where they are with the TV show – but I think there’s definitely talks to try and do another one.”
Given that The Dark Tower managed to gross just $111.8 million worldwide following its release in August,
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The cable network is partnering with Lionsgate on the project, and one of the unusual things about it is that a feature film and interactive games are all being developed at the same time as the series. (Because we all know, er, how well that's worked out for The Dark Tower so far.)
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It’s Possible that a “Dark Tower” Sequel Could Still Happen
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Spanning multiple genres and fantastical worlds, the classic is an eight-part saga that began life in 1982 with The Gunslinger, and after years of false starts and scrapped plans, Sony’s big-budget adaptation finally arrived in theatres back in August. Though the film’s long, meandering journey to the silver screen was public knowledge, many still held out hope that somehow, everything would turn out alright for the trouble production. How wrong they were.
As we now know, The Dark Tower was a complete dud, both financially and critically, failing to impress just about everyone and halting the studio’s plans for a full-blown franchise. Or did it? While it’s widely assumed that we won’t be seeing anymore from this world on the big screen, Idris Elba isn’t so sure about that.
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