If you were expecting Doctor Sleep, the sequel to one of the greatest horror stories of the 20th century, to take the top spot at the weekend box office this weekend, then you wouldn’t be alone in that assumption. Most people thought it would be a comfortable victory given the lack of optimism for Roland Emmerich’s latest blowing-things-up movie, war drama Midway. Yet here we are. Outperforming all expectations, Midway made an estimated $17.5 million from 3,242 locations. Granted, this is still a movie with a reported $100 million budget so it’s hardly the sweetest of victories. Lionsgate may want to wait before popping those champagne corks.
Doctor Sleep took second place. After predictions it would earn at least $25 million this weekend, it only managed around $14.1 million from 3,855 locations. Solid for a genre movie but this one had much bigger hopes on its shoulders given the Stephen King label and the fact that it’s a bloody sequel to The Shining. Some have blamed confused marketing, although it may just be that a lot of fans didn’t feel a sequel was necessary.
New releases take up the top four spots this week. John Cena is comfortably parked at number three with Playing with Fire, making $12.8 million, which is a solid $1.2 million more than number four, Last Christmas. Mixed reviews didn’t help (and also THAT twist that everyone saw coming), but it’s still early enough in the festive season that things could turn around for the movie.
Last week’s number one, Terminator: Dark Fate, fell to number five with $10.8 million, a fall of 63%. Ouch. It only made $1.6 million more than Joker, a movie that’s been out for six weeks and is now only $15 million or so away from that much-prized $1 billion worldwide gross. If it pulls that off, and there’s no reason to suggest it won’t, then it will be only the fourth DC movie to do so.
Jojo Rabbit continues its slow but steady expansion, bringing in $3.9 million from 802 locations. Fox Searchlight are kings of this strategy so it’s good to see Disney aren’t dropping the ball or meddling unnecessarily here.
The major indie release of the week was Amazon’s Honey Boy, starring Shia LaBeouf and based on his life. It opened strongly with $288,825 from four theaters. The studio plan a tiered nationwide expansion just in time for the Golden Globe nominations. Ah, awards season. We cannot escape its wrath.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
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