BOX OFFICE REPORT
November 15-17, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Ford v Ferrari||$31 million|
|Charlie's Angels||$8.6 million|
|Playing with Fire||$8.5 million|
|Last Christmas||$6.7 million|
Film fans wailing about the death of the drama for adults can breathe a sigh of relief as Ford v Ferrari charged ahead to take the top spot with an excellent $31 million. The anxiety was understandable, but it's a positive sign, as audiences rejected another shameless reboot (Charlie's Angels) in favor of a period piece starring great actors. (Though of course there's an uncharitable view that sexism came into play, but when your big-budget movie is going to make less domestically than The Favourite, that argument doesn't hold a lot of weight.) Ford v Ferrari is a big crowd-pleaser, and its box office success should fuel an awards campaign that was starting to lag.
Midway dropped to second place, but it fell by a lot, and it will still be a flop considering it cost upwards of $100 million and may only make half that. Charlie's Angels re-emerged only to get shot down. The marketing pushed (perhaps too hard) on its girl power angle, but Sony should have known this wasn't going to work. ABC tried to reboot the show several years ago, only to see it canceled after four episodes. Fresh new faces and the director of one of the highest-grossing films ever made by a woman weren't enough to get audiences interested.
Playing with Fire and Last Christmas each dropped around 50 percent, with a paltry $25 and $22 million to show for it, respectively. Neither of these will be fondly remembered.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Waves, the intense family drama from Trey Edward Shults. The film averaged $36,140 on its four screens.
- The Good Liar may have been a good movie (at least in this critic's opinion), but it had a pretty sad box office return. The Helen Mirren-Ian McKellen thriller earned just $5.6 million, good for seventh place.
- While there was a small hope goodwill from the few people who did see it would keep Doctor Sleep afloat, the Stephen King adaptation sank like a stone all the way down to sixth place.
The Thanksgiving onslaught is upon us. It's the NYPD vs. Mister Rogers vs. the unstoppable juggernaut of Disney. Frozen II will of course be No. 1. While I'd like to imagine everyone is over this lackluster series (and its awful songs), this will be yet another dominant effort from Disney, which will soon own us all. I think $85 million at minimum for this. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood should earn at least $15 million from kids of all ages, while 21 Bridges would theoretically serve as good counterprogramming, but will only earn about $12 million.