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Midway Surprises with Box Office Win in North America

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Roland Emmerich‘s WWII film Midway, from Lionsgate and AGC Studios, beat industry expectations this weekend with an estimated $17.5 million from 3,242 theaters, good for first place in North America. Through Veterans Day on Monday, Lionsgate is projecting an estimated $20 million total. Midway received an A CinemaScore from audiences and cost about $100 million to make, though Lionsgate should profit from acquiring the US and UK rights.

The Midway cast includes Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Kleintank, Jun Kunimura, Darren Criss, Keean Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, with Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Woody Harrelson.

Debuting in second place was Doctor Sleep (Warner Bros. Pictures) with $14.1 million from 3,855 theaters. At the international box office, Doctor Sleep grossed $13 million from 68 markets, for an international total of $20 million and worldwide sum of $34.1 million. Directed by Mike Flanagan, the adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Shining sequel received a B+ CinemaScore. Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller.

Paramount Pictures comedy Playing with Fire opened in the third spot with $12.8 million from 3,125 theaters. The film brought in $2.5 million from 10 international markets as well. Directed by Andy Fickman, the movie stars John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haybert, and Judy Greer. It received a B+ CinemaScore.

Universal Pictures’ Last Christmas debuted to $11.6 million from 3,448 theaters in fourth place. Internationally, the Paul Feig film brought in $3.1 million from 10 markets. Receiving a B- CinemaScore, Last Christmas was inspired by the George Michael song and stars Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and Emma Thompson.




Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount Pictures) rounded out the top five but dropped 63% in sales its second weekend. The Tim Miller-directed film earned $10.8 million and has made $48.5 million domestically after two weeks. The film added $29.9 million internationally and is up to $150.9 million ($44.8 million from China) so far, for a worldwide total of $199.4 million. Produced for $185 million, Dark Fate stars Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta.

Sixth place belonged to Joker (Warner Bros. Pictures), which earned another $9.2 million and has grossed $313.5 million in North America after six weeks. The film grossed $20.3 million from 79 overseas markets this weekend and has an international total of $671.2. The worldwide total is now at $984.7 million. The Todd Phillips-directed film was made for $55 million and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil dropped four spots to seventh with $8 million and has earned $97.3 million after four weeks. The movie is performing better overseas with $333 million total, for a global total of $430.3 million. Mistress of Evil stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville.

Focus Features’ Harriet, starring Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, landed in eighth place with $7.2 million and the film has earned $23.5 million after two weeks. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, Harriet also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters.

Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap brought in $4.3 million domestically its fourth weekend, to take its total to $66.7 million. With an international total of $35.3 million, the sequel has grossed $102 million worldwide. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Double Tap was made for $42 million and stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, and Luke Wilson.

United Artists Releasing and MGM’s animated comedy The Addams Family took tenth place with $4.2 million, to take its five-week domestic total to $91.5 million. The film added $13.2 million internationally as well and is up to $63.4 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $154.7 million. Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, The Addams Family voice cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Elsie Fisher, and Snoop Dogg playing IT.

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Mirko Parlevliethttp://VitalThrills.com
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded VitalThrills.com to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.

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