Larry Ellison

Sony's long-awaited 'Dark Tower' may unseat 'Dunkirk' with $25-million box-office premiere

Sony's long-awaited 'Dark Tower' may unseat 'Dunkirk' with $25-million box-office premiere

The long-awaited Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower,” from Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital, will kick off what is widely expected to be a slow August this weekend as the movie business enters the home stretch of a rough summer.

Ticket sales since the first weekend of May are down 8% in the United States and Canada compared with the same period a year earlier, totaling $3 billion, according to ComScore. That’s despite the success of recent movies including Warner Bros.’ “Dunkirk” and Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip,” which haven’t made up for such misfires as “The Mummy” and “Baywatch.”

“Dark Tower” is expected to replace “Dunkirk” at the top of the box-office...

61°