This weekend saw four new movies open wide in the US, including Doctor Sleep, Mike Flanagan's adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel. The film, which also serves as a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's cinematic adaptation of The Shining, was expected to make about $25 million this weekend, according to Entertainment Weekly. Instead, it made just $14.1 million on 3,855 screens.
That's not the best result, but it's not necessarily a disaster just yet: with a budget of around $45 million and a B+ Cinemascore (which is decent for a horror movie), and reports from the international market still coming in, the film likely won't end up being an enormous loss, at the very least. We gave Flanagan's film an 8/10 in our review.
The surprise winner at the box office this weekend was Roland Emmerich's Midway, which opened to $17.5 million on 3,242 screens. The film, which focuses on the Battle of Midway (fought during World War II), has some way to go to make up its $100 million budget–especially since it might not play so well in the international market–but this sort of film, aimed at older male audiences, often does well over a long period of time.
The other two major wide releases this weekend, Playing With Fire and Last Christmas, both performed solidly. Playing with Fire, which stars John Cena as a firefighter who gets stuck babysitting three children, brought in $12.8 million. Last Christmas, Paul Feig's Christmas dramedy, will likely continue to pull in viewers into late December; in its opening weekend it has made $11.6 million.
Elsewhere in the charts, Terminator: Dark Fate continues to underperform in the US, bringing in just $10.8 million in its second weekend. The film–which our critic enjoyed a great deal–is tracking below Terminator Genisys over the same time frame. On the plus side, the movie has pulled in $150,900,000 internationally, including $45 million from China. Whether or not its international performance will be strong enough for another sequel to be greenlit remains to be seen.
Also of note is the further $9.2 million that Joker made in its fifth weekend. This marks the first weekend since the film's release that it has not been in the top 5, but it's also now the most profitable comic book movie of all time, thanks to its modest $55 million budget. The film's domestic total sits at $313,491,507; it is expected to top $1 billion internationally by the end of its run. Further down, falling just outside the top 10, Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit expanded onto 802 screens this weekend, pulling in $3.942 million for a domestic total of $9,117,882.
Here's the full top 10 for the box office this past weekend, based on the estimated figures listed by Box Office Mojo:
1. Midway: $17.5 million
2. Doctor Sleep: $14.1 million
3. Playing with Fire: $12.8 million
4. Last Christmas: $11.6 million
5. Terminator: Dark Fate: $10.8 million
6. Joker: $9.2 million
7. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: $8.002 million
8. Harriet: $7.23 million
9. Zombieland: Double Tap: $4.315 million
10. The Addams Family: $4.2 million
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