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Box office: ‘Midway’ tops ‘Doctor Sleep’ as ‘Honey Boy’ opens strong

by Ace Damon
Box office: 'Midway' tops 'Doctor Sleep' as 'Honey Boy' opens strong

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Concerned, Lionsgate's "Midway" outperformed Warner Bros. "Doctor Sleep" at the box office, opening first with $ 17.5 million, according to estimates by measurement firm Comscore.

Although the film has exceeded expectations, it is the lowest opening for a new release that will hit # 1 this year. For the fourth consecutive weekend, overall box office fell compared to a year ago, falling 28 percent from the same three-day period in 2018, when "The Grinch" opened at $ 67.6 million. The cumulative total for the year is $ 9.5 billion, down 5.5% from last year.

Directed by Roland Emmerich, "Midway" chronicles the Battle of Midway 1942, which took place six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and marked an early Allied forces victory in World War II.

The $ 100 million movie, set to coincide with Monday's Veterans Day holiday, was originally intended to earn about $ 13 million. It is one of the most expensive independent films ever made and stars Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein and Nick Jonas.

He earned an A CinemaScore from the public, but a 40% "rotten" rating on the Rotten Tomatoes review site.

Second, "Doctor Sleep" disappointed with an opening of $ 14.1 million, well below analysts' projections of $ 25 to $ 30 million.

A sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror classic The Shining, the $ 50 million film follows an adult Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) as he mentions a young girl (rookie Kyleigh Curran) who exhibits the same “glow”. ”He did in the movie. child. The film is based on Stephen King's 2013 novel of the same name.

It was well received with a B + CinemaScore and a 73% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film joins previous Warner Bros. failures. this year, including "The Sun Is Also A Star", "Shaft", "The Kitchen", "Blinded By Light", "The Goldfinch" and "Brooklyn without a Mother".

In third place, Paramount's "Playing With Fire" debuted at $ 12.8 million, above analysts' projections of $ 7 million to $ 10 million.

The $ 30 million family movies are John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane as a group of firefighters who have become babysitters. He received a mixed reception with a BScore CinemaScore and a 24% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fourth, Universal's "Last Christmas" debuted at the end of analysts' projections at $ 11.6 million.

The romantic comedy stars Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") and Henry Golding ("Crazy Rich Asians") in a story inspired by George Michael and Wham! Holiday music of the same name.

The $ 30 million movie was directed by Paul Feig. Emma Thompson co-wrote the script and makes an appearance in the movie. It was badly received with a B-CinemaScore and a "rotten" rating of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it unlikely to have legs during the holiday season despite the Christmas hook.

Rounding out the top five, Paramount's "Terminator: Dark Fate" added $ 10.8 million on its second weekend (down 63%) to $ 48.4 million.

In sixth place, Warner Bros. Joker added $ 9.2 million on its sixth weekend for $ 313.5 million. It is now the most lucrative comic book of all time.

Seventh, Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" added $ 8 million in its fourth weekend for $ 97.3 million.

In 8th place, Focus Features' "Harriet" added $ 7.2 million on its second weekend (down 38%) to $ 23.5 million.

Ninth, Sony's "Zombieland 2: Double Tap" added $ 4.3 million on its fourth weekend to $ 66.7 million.

Rounding out the top 10, United Artists Releasing's "Addams Family" added $ 4.2 million on its fifth weekend for a cumulative $ 91.4 million.

Fox Searchlight's "Jojo Rabbit" expanded to more than 800 locations in its fourth weekend, reaching out of the top 10 at $ 3.9 million and bringing its domestic backlog to $ 9.1 million. Among the top 10 finishers in the second weekend, Warner Bros.'s "Motherless Brooklyn" and "Arctic Dogs" fell 36% and 62% respectively.

In limited release, Amazon's "Honey Boy" debuted in four locations for $ 288,824, for a screen average of $ 72,206, one of the strongest of the year.

Directed by Alma Harel from a script by Shia LaBeouf, the film is a vaguely autobiographical portrait of LaBeouf's education in which he plays his own father.

The critically acclaimed film earned 93% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Showtime's "The Kingmaker," a documentary about former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos of director Lauren Greenfield, grossed $ 23,600 in Los Angeles and New York for a theater average of $ 11,800. The film, theatrically distributed by Greenwich Entertainment, resonated with critics, earning 94% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

On Wednesday, Netflix opened "Wedding Story" in six locations. The studio does not release box office revenue. The film got 97% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fathom Events opened Met Opera's "Madama Butterfly" at 1,000 locations for $ 1.8 million. Greenwich Entertainment opened "The Kingmaker" in two locations for $ 23,600, for a screen average of $ 11,800.

This week Sony launches its "Charlie's Angels" reboot, Fox opens "Ford v. Ferrari" and Warner Bros. debuts "The Good Liar." In limited release, A24 reveals "Waves" and Magnolia releases the documentary "Scandalous: The True" History of the National Inquirer.

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