With Marvel releasing “Doctor Strange” next week, most studios chose not to debut a major release this weekend. The upcoming Marvel blockbuster didn’t deter Sony Pictures however, which used the open weekend to debut the newest Dan Brown adaptation “Inferno”.
Despite being the only new major-release hitting theaters all weekend, “Inferno” failed to top the box-office charts. Instead, “Boo! A Madea Halloween” from Lionsgate remained at number-one for another week. The Madea horror-comedy brought in another $16.68M for the studio, remaining at 2,299 locations nationwide. This brings the film’s two-week total to just over $52M, and it’s been the surprise hit of October. “Boo! A Madea Halloween” was written and directed by Tyler Perry, the film stars Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely.
“Inferno” did manage to land in second-place this weekend, bringing in a total of $15M across 3,576 locations. That’s a far-cry from the original’s debut, which topped $77M over opening weekend back in 2006. “Inferno” was directed by Ron Howard, working off a screenplay written by David Koepp. The film is based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown. Joining Tom Hanks in the film are Felicity Jones and Irrfan Khan.
Another upsetting sequel took third-place, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” from Paramount Pictures only managed to scare-up $9.55M during its second-week in theaters. The film, which remained in 3,780 locations this weekend, failed to hit number-one during its debut last week – and has grossed $39.68M over two-weeks. “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” was directed by Edward Zwick, working off a screenplay written by Richard Wenk. The film is based on the book Never Go Back by Lee Child. The film stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders and Aldis Hodge.
Fourth-place on the domestic charts went to “The Accountant” from Warner Bros. Pictures. The film had an $8.48M weekend, remaining in an estimated 3,402 locations across the country. To date, the film has grossed just over $61.27M, not bad considering the film released just three-weeks ago in a busy market. “The Accountant” was directed by Gavin O’Connor, the screenplay was written by Bill Dubuque. The drama stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons.
Taking the last spot on the top-five this weekend was the horror-thriller “Ouija: Origin of Evil”. The film, from Universal Pictures, managed to scare-up another $7.07M this weekend while remaining at an estimated 3,168 locations. The moderately budgeted fright-fest has now grossed over $24.63M for the studio, an impressive two-week haul, but the original wrapped in theaters at $50.85M domestically. “Ouija 2” was directed by Mike Flanagan, the sequel was written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. The film stars Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson and Annalise Basso.
As we previously mentioned, next week the local cinemas will be packed with new content. Not only will “Marvel’s Doctor Strange” be releasing nationwide, the animated-comedy “Trolls” and the WWII drama “Hacksaw Ridge” will also release in domestic theaters.