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Box Office Report For November 8-10

Welcome back one and all to the weekly box office report! As is always the case, each and every Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, a surprise upset could be brewing, as the high profile sequel Doctor Sleep goes up against the war epic Midway, with holiday offering Last Christmas hoping to make a mark as well. How did they do? Read on to see how the weekend turned out…

Surprisingly taking the top spot today is Midway, though its $17.5 million start is nothing to go crazy over. With a high budget and mediocre reviews, it will be a struggle for this one to turn a profit. However, a win is a win, and this managed to take advantage of Veterans Day tomorrow and score more business than expected.

Unexpectedly ending up at number two is Doctor Sleep, falling short of all expected marks with just over $14 million. Warner Bros. had to be hoping for much more, especially with decent critical praise of the last few weeks. Alas, audiences were not in the mood to revisit The Shining with this sequel.

Next, Playing with Fire managed a third place finish with $12.8 million. John Cena’s family flick was counter programming for sure, but did not break through to many besides those with kids.

Last Christas opened at number four, only generating a about $11.6 million worth of holiday cheer. Chatter over the Trailer and an early release date kept this one from being a hit. Presumably, it will play better on cable in the years to come?

Among indie/limited release titles, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot continued to make a few solid bucks with Kevin Smith’s roadshow style unveiling. On fifteen screens once again it took in a shade over 278K. Like I’ve previously said, as the weeks progress, it will continue to be interesting to see how this one fares, but Smith must be pleased so far!

Also, Honey Boy got its start, making nearly 290k from four screens. A really strong start for an independent title hoping to make a dent in the race this year. Can it build on this? Time will tell, but it’s a promising beginning, for sure…

Here now is what the (estimated) top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. Midway – $17,500,000

2. Doctor Sleep – $14,100,000

3. Playing with Fire – $12,800,000

4. Last Christmas – $11,600,000

5. Terminator: Dark Fate – $10,800,000

6. Joker – $9,200,000

7. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – $8,002,000

8. Harriet – $7,230,000

9. Zombieland: Double Tap – $4,315,000

10. The Addams Family – $4,200,000

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. Jojo Rabbit – $3,942,000

12. Countdown – $2,800,000

13. Parasite – $2,552,000

14. Motherless Brooklyn – $2,225,000

15. Black and Blue – $1,875,000

16. Arctic Dogs – $1,100,000

17. The Lighthouse – $900,825

18. Downtown Abbey – $620,000

19. Abominable – $450,000

20. Gemini Man – $430,000

21. Pain and Glory – $397,722

22. Honey Boy – $288,825

23. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot – $278,754

24. The Current War: Director’s Cut – $227,611

25. Housefull 4 – $124,000

26. Ad Astra – $108,000

27. The Lion King – $82,000

28. Toy Story 4 – $52,000

29. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice – $43,378

30. No Safe Spaces – $26,291

Until next weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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