Disney was back on top of the box office this weekend, as the company’s 20th Century Fox drama Ford v Ferrari (read our review) debuted with a strong $31 million from 3,528 theaters. The James Mangold film, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, also brought in $21.4 million from 41 international markets, to put its global total at $52.4 million after one weekend. Of the worldwide total, $5.5 million came from 655 IMAX screens in 43 markets.
Matt Damon and Christian Bale play American car designer Carroll Shelby and British driver Ken Miles, respectively, in the film which also stars Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon. The movie, which cost about $97.6 million to make, received an excellent A+ CinemaScore from audiences, pointing to a healthy road ahead.
Dropping to second place was Roland Emmerich’s WWII film Midway (Lionsgate and AGC Studios), which added $8.75 million domestically and has earned $35.1 million in North America after two weeks. Costing $100 million to make, the film’s 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, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Woody Harrelson.
Moviegoers have spoken and said that they did not want another Charlie’s Angels movie (read our review). The Elizabeth Banks-directed reboot, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, brought in just $8.6 million from 3,452 theaters in third place. Comparing that to the previous two films, the original earned $40.1 million its first weekend in November, 2000, while Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle debuted to $37.6 million in June, 2003. Internationally, the new movie debuted to $19.3 million from 26 markets, including $7.7 million from China. Made for about $48 million, Charlie’s Angels received a B+ CinemaScore and also stars Banks, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, and Patrick Stewart.
Paramount Pictures’ Playing with Fire dipped just 33% in ticket sales its second weekend with $8.55 million, good for the fourth spot. The comedy is up to $25.5 million domestically so far. It also brought in $1.3 million from 11 international markets, to take its overseas total to $4.5 million. Directed by Andy Fickman, the movie stars John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haybert, and Judy Greer.
Rounding out the top five was Universal Pictures’ Last Christmas, which brought in $6.7 million and has grossed $22.6 million domestically after two weeks. The Paul Feig-directed romantic comedy added $8.6 million internationally, for an overseas total of $13 million and $35.5 million worldwide. Last Christmas was inspired by the George Michael song and stars Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and Emma Thompson.
The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep (Warner Bros. Pictures) dropped four spots to sixth place with $6.2 million its second weekend, for a domestic total of $25 million. The film also added $5.2 million from 71 international markets and is up $28.8 million overseas and $53.8 million globally. Directed by Mike Flanagan, the supernatural thriller stars Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and Kyliegh Curran.
Opening in seventh place was New Line Cinema’s The Good Liar, starring Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen. The Bill Condon-directed thriller earned $5.7 million from 2,439 theaters and received a B CinemaScore. The film, also starring Russell Tovey and Jim Carter, also grossed $1.5 million from 12 overseas markets and has an international total of $3.9 million so far.
Box office juggernaut Joker (Warner Bros. Pictures) has now earned $1.016 billion at the worldwide box office and is the first R-rated film to ever cross the $1 billion mark. It’s also noteworthy that it achieved this milestone without a released in China. The Todd Phillips-directed film earned another $5.6 million and is up to $322.6 million domestically, while it brought in $13 million from 79 overseas markets, for an international total of $694 million. Made for just $55 million, Joker 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 to ninth place with $5.2 million and a domestic total of $106 million, while the movie added $11.8 million overseas and has earned $352.9 million there. The worldwide sum has reached $458.9 million. Directed by Joachim Rønning, 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, took tenth place with $4.8 million and is up to $31.9 million after three weeks. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, Harriet also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters.