The November box office added four new releases this weekend, giving moviegoers a choice between the thriller “Doctor Sleep,” the comedy “Playing with Fire,” and the holiday rom-com “Last Christmas.” The films split the box office total, and while “Midway” came out on top, it was a close race. The crowded schedule didn’t help any of the new releases this week, and they will have to battle three new movies that are scheduled to hit theaters next weekend.
Lionsgate’s “Midway” took a surprise win, bringing in $17.5M across 3,242 locations. Roland Emmerich directed “Midway,” and the war-drama features Ed Skein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart, Keean Johnson, and Nick Jonas. The Stephen King adaptation “Doctor Sleep” was expected to win the weekend, but the thriller landed in second-place overall on the domestic charts with a $14.1M debut. Mike Flanagan directed “Doctor Sleep,” and the movie features Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, and Cliff Curtis.
The comedy “Playing with Fire” took third-place, opening across 3,125 locations and the movie made over $12.8M domestically. Andy Fickman directed “Playing with Fire,” which features John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, and Brianna Hildebrand. The holiday rom-com “Last Christmas” opened in fourth-place this weekend, bringing in $11.6M at 3,448 locations. Paul Feig directed “Last Christmas,” which stars Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, and Emma Thompson. The new releases pushed “Terminator: Dark Fate” from first-place to fifth-place overall on the domestic charts. The new installment made another $10.8M at 4,086 locations, and raised its two week domestic total to just over $48.4M
The box office is downsizing slightly next weekend, with three major releases planned. Moviegoers can choose between the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, and Elizabeth Banks, “Ford v Ferrari” with Christian Bale and Matt Damon, and “The Good Liar” with Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.
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