‘Midway’ Wins a Crowded Box Office Weekend with a $17M Debut

Esequiel Farfan
Noviembre 11, 2019

The World War II film "Midway" has scored a surprise victory at the box office over "The Shining" sequel "Doctor Sleep" this weekend. 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.

"Doctor Sleep", set decades after the events in "The Shining", was more favored among critics (it holds a 73% average on Rotten Tomatoes compared to "Midway's" 41%).

Lionsgate acquired distribution rights for the USA and United Kingdom and handled marketing for those markets, putting the bar for box office success lower for the studio than for the film overall.

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Though "Midway" arrived ahead of tracking, the US$100 million film still has a long and arduous journey ahead to achieve profitability. 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 (Netflix's "The Haunting of Hill House") wrote and directed "Doctor Sleep", which sees Ewan McGregor take on the role of Danny Torrance, a man with psychic abilities who struggles with childhood trauma. Andy Fickman directed "Playing with Fire", which features John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, and Brianna Hildebrand.

With no film grossing over $20 million this weekend, overall grosses are estimated to drop nearly 30% from the $163 million grossed in this weekend previous year, when Universal/Illumination's "The Grinch" opened to $67 million while "Bohemian Rhapsody" grossed $31 million in its second weekend.

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