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Midway Tops Friday Box Office at $6.3 Million, Doctor Sleep Close Behind - Collider.com

Midway Tops Friday Box Office at $6.3 Million, Doctor Sleep Close Behind - Collider.com
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The Veterans Day weekend box office race has begun with Fridays numbers showing a win forRoland Emmerichs latest, Midway . The WWII epic recreating the 1942 Battle of Midway starsEd Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Dennis Quaid, Luke Evans, andWoody Harrelsonand offers weekend theatergoers a chance to experience in some very patriotic storytellingwhile also indulging in big action setpieces.

With the optimal release window of pre-Veterans Day (November 11), Midwaycame in at the top of the Friday box office with $6.34 million in its pockets, all earned domestically. Signs of success began during Thursday night previews, where Midwayreeled in a reported $925,000 domestically.The film opened wide in 3,242 locations across the U.S. averaging $1,956 per theater. DespiteMidways very mixed critical reception which could have been a possible setback to the estimated $100 million pic from the director of GodzillaandIndependence Day the hesitation from critics doesnt seem to be shared by Friday moviegoers as theyve sought out this action-packed picture.

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Midwayis just one of four new movies to hit theaters this weekend and it seems it will be competing with the current number two movie, Doctor Sleep , for the ultimate weekend victory. Adapted from theStephen Kingnovel of the same name, directed byMike Flanagan, and starringEwan McGregorandRebecca Ferguson,Doctor Sleepserves as a sequel to Kings novelThe Shining. The movie offers up something very different toMidway, with thrills and chills alike as McGregor plays a grown-up versionThe Shiningprotagonist Danny Torrance.

Domestically,Doctor Sleeppulled in $5.2 million across its 3,855 locations. The horror-thriller averaged $1,349 per theater, too. TheShiningsequel has earned positive reviews from critics, with our Colliders ownMatt Goldberg writing in his review that Flanagan has craftedDoctor Sleepto be a really fun movie that uses hints of horror to amplify the drama and stakes. The $50 million(ish) movie is off to an interesting start here in the U.S., with projections estimating an opening weekend somewhere in the $25 million range and the appeal of both King and McGregor possibly encouraging ticket sales Can Doctor Sleepreally hit those projections?

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Coming in at number three is Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarkein her first post-Game of Thronesmovie role opposite dashingCrazy Rich AsiansleadHenry Golding. The duo star in the London-set romcom written byEmma Thompson, inspired by the music ofGeorge Michael, and directed byPaul Feig. The films domestic total is currently sitting at $4.1 million, reflecting earnings from its 3,448 locations. At number four is theJohn Cena-centric Paramount new releasePlaying with Fire, which earned $3.55 million domestically on Friday.

Finally, we should pour one out for the number five movie,Terminator: Dark Fate. In a surprising turn of events,Dark Fates earnings have positively plummeted in its first full week in theaters and heading into its second weekend. TheTim Miller-directedTerminatorinstallment pulled in just $2.8 million domestically on Friday, marking a 73% drop in earnings from its previous weekend. Still showing in a large number of theaters 4,085, to be exact the action flick is averaging just $685 per theater. That kind of per theater average is something weve seen from previous box office winners as theyve entered, say, their fourth, fifth, or sixth theatrical weekend. As big a claim as it may sound, I would argue this is the first time in recent memory a movies ranking and earnings have dropped in such a noticeableway at the domestic box office.

For more onMidwayandDoctor Sleep, check out our recent interviews with Ed Skrein and Ewan McGregor . Friday top five chart is below:
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