Sunday, November 10, 2019

Weekend Box-Office: MIDWAY Surprises At No.1 As DOCTOR SLEEP Disappoints


Although the weekend box-office was not really as crowded as expected, all four new wide releases scored Top 5 positions. The biggest surprise is that Roland Emmerich's "Midway" surpassed the Stephen King adaptation "Doctor Sleep" to conquer the No.1 spot, despite early projections placing the latter ahead of the former. Another surprise performance is that of the comedy "Playing With Fire", which finished ahead of Paul Feig's "Last Christmas".

Find out more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

The war epic "Midway" topped the charts with $17.5 million from 3,242 theaters, much better than initial expectations of a $14 million debut. However, it's the lowest November box-office champion ever, and it will need strong legs to recoup its $100 million budget. The film is expected to rake in around $20 million after Veterans Day tomorrow. "Midway" has received mixed reviews from critics (41% on Rotten Tomatoes and 48 on Metacritic), but a great reception from audiences (91% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and an "A" from CinemaScore's opening night polls).

The Stephen King adaptation "Doctor Sleep", which is a sequel to "The Shining", opened in second place with $14.1 million from 3,855 theaters, despite expectations for a $25-27 million debut. The film opened overseas last weekend and its international cume now stands at $5.6 million from 68 international markets. Both critics (73% on Rotten Tomatoes and 60 on Metacritic) and audiences (91% on Rotten Tomatoes and a "B+" from CinemaScore) generally liked the film.

The family comedy "Playing With Fire" starring John Cena, Brianna Hildebrand and Keegan-Michael Key, opened in third place with $12.7 million from 3,125 theaters, against a $30 million budget. The performance is better than anticipated since initial projections indicated that the film would only gross around $10 million. The film received a negative reception from critics (24% on Rotten Tomatoes and 24 on Metacritic), but moviegoers enjoyed it (80% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and a "B+" from CinemaScore).

The last of the new wide releases, the Christmas-themed romantic comedy "Last Christmas" starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, finished in fourth place with a disappointing $11.6 million from 3,448 theaters. The film only cost $30 million to produce, so it's safe from a huge financial disaster, but matters are complicated by a mixed reception from both critics (49 on Rotten Tomatoes and 51 on Metacritic) and moviegoers (81% Audience Score and a "B-" from CinemaScore). Overseas it opened in ten markets and raked in $3.1 million.

The Top 5 is rounded out by "Terminator: Dark Fate" with $10.8 million. The film suffered a steep 63% drop, and its domestic cume has reached $48.4 million after ten days, pacing behind "Terminator: Genisys", which raked in over $59 million in the same time frame. Overseas it added another $29.9 million and its overseas tally has reached $150 million.

New Wide Releases: "Doctor Sleep", "Last Christmas", "Midway", "Playing With Fire".

Biggest Drop : "Terminator: Dark Fate" (-63%)

Smallest Drop : "Joker" (-32%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Midway $17.5M $17.5M N/A $100M
2 Doctor Sleep $14.1M $14.1M $5.6M $50M
3 Playing With Fire $12.8M $12.8M $2.5M $30M
4 Last Christmas $11.6M $11.6M $3.1M $25M
5 Terminator: Dark Fate $10.8M $48.4M $150.9M $185M
6 Joker $9.2M $313.4M $645.4M $55M
7 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $8M $97.3M $333M $180M
8 Harriet $7.2M $23.4M N/A $17M
9 Zombieland: Double Tap $4.3M $66.6M $35.3M $42M
10 The Addams Family $4.2M $91.4M $63.4M $40M


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