Going into this past weekend, most experts believed Warner Bros.’ Stephen King adaptation ‘Doctor Sleep‘ would take the number one spot at the box office.
It was getting mostly positive reviews from critics, and it’s a sequel to The Shining, so you’d think people would be interested.
But surprisingly, Roland Emmerich’s World War II film ‘Midway‘ beat Doctor Sleep this past weekend. Doctor Sleep made just $14.1 million.
Midway took home $17.5 million, so it was a solid victory by a cool $3 million.
Still though, neither movie is celebrating too much. Even though Midway pulled off a surprise win, a $17.5 million debut isn’t that impressive, considering it worked with a $100 million budget.
It still has a long and arduous journey ahead to achieve profitability. Lionsgate is distributing ‘Midway’ but looks to walk away unscathed since the studio only nabbed domestic and U.K. rights but didn’t finance the film.
Lionsgate positioned its release to take advantage of Veterans Day and expects ‘Midway’ to collect $20.05 million from 3,242 North American locations through its first four days in theaters.
Not a great weekend for the Hollywood box office. We’ve said that a lot this year.[mashshare]