By Jacob Walker
07:28 PM, 10 Nov 2019 , dailymail
Entertainment

Midway tops a lackluster weekend at the box office with $17.5M



Lionsgate's World War II thriller Midway starring Nick Jonas sailed its way to the top of the box office this weekend, beating out fellow newcomers Doctor Sleep, Playing With Fire and Last Christmas.

Director Roland Emmerich's film, budgeted at $100 million, opened with an estimated $17.5 million to lead a rather lackluster weekend at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo. 

While the Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep had easily been expected to top the box office with a projected $25 million, it came in far under expectations, debuting in second place with $14.1 million. 

Midway tops a lackluster weekend at the box office with $17.5M

Big hit: Lionsgate's World War II thriller Midway starring Nick Jonas sailed its way to the top of the box office this weekend, beating out fellow newcomers Doctor Sleep, Playing With Fire and Last Christmas 

Box office winner: Director Roland Emmerich's film, budgeted at $100 million, opened with an estimated $17.5 million to lead a rather lackluster weekend at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo

Midway debuted in 3,242 theaters earning a middling $5,397 per-screen average, and it didn't fare much better overseas as well.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals Midway earned just $21.8 million from foreign markets, the bulk of which comes from China where it debuted between $15 million and $16 million. 

Midway wasn't received terribly well by critics either, with just a 41% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Global debut: Midway debuted in 3,242 theaters earning a middling $5,397 per-screen average, and it didn't fare much better overseas as well

While Doctor Sleep was a hit with critics (74% on Rotten Tomatoes), the R-rated 151-minute sequel to The Shining couldn't inspire many fans to hit the theaters.

Writer-director Mike Flanagan's Stephen King adaptation earned $14.1 million from 3,855 theaters for a paltry per-screen average of $3,657.

Doctor Sleep also didn't fare too well internationally with a foreign tally of $20 million for a global opening weekend of $34.1 million, though it's budget at $50 million is far more manageable than Midway's. 

Doctor Sleep: While Doctor Sleep was a hit with critics (74% on Rotten Tomatoes), the R-rated 151-minute sequel to The Shining couldn't inspire many fans to hit the theaters

Paramount's Playing With Fire starring John Cena debuted in third place this weekend with $12.8 million.

The firehouse comedy, also starring Keegan Michael Key and John Leguizamo, debuted in 3,125 theaters for a per-screen average of $4,066.

Critics were not a fan of the comedy either, with just a 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it only earned $2.5 million from 10 foreign markets for a global debut of $15.3 million. 

Bomb: Paramount's Playing With Fire starring John Cena debuted in third place this weekend with $12.8 million

The weekend's fourth newcomer, Universal's Last Christmas, debuted in fourth place with just $11.6 million, with Terminator: Dark Fate dropping from first place to fifth place with $10.6 million, dropping a steep 63% from its debut.

Last Christmas debuted in 3,448 theaters, for a $3,364 per-screen average, failing to impress critics as well with just a 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The holiday romantic comedy starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding could only manage to earn $3.1 million from 10 foreign markets for a global debut of $14.7 million. 

The top 10 is rounded out by Joker ($9.2 million), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil ($8 million), Harriet ($7.2 million), Zombieland: Double Tap ($4.3 million) and The Addams Family ($4.2 million). 

Last Christmas: The weekend's fourth newcomer, Universal's Last Christmas, debuted in fourth place with just $11.6 million


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