Midway pulled a surprise upset at the box office last weekend, bringing in $17.8 million, which bested Doctor Sleep. Warner Bros.' ambitious sequel to The Shining did a lot less business than had been expected, based on estimates. Things aren't going to get any easier this weekend as a trio of newcomers will give moviegoers a bevy of options. Fox's Ford V Ferrari, Sony's Charlie's Angels and Warner Bros.' The Good Liar all make their way to theaters, but which newcomer will take the top spot?
That, it would seem, will be an easy answer, as Ford v Ferrari, the latest from director James Mangold (Logan) is poised to race past the box office competition this weekend. Industry estimates have the racing flick, which is an awards season hopeful, bringing in between $20 and $30 million. Even on the low end, that should be just enough to squeak by the competition. But the bigger question is, can this be a sorely-needed hit for 20th Century Fox?
Ever since Disney merged with Fox earlier this year, it's been flop after flop. Movies like Dark Phoenix, Stuber and The Art of Racing in the Rain failed to deliver, financially speaking, which caused Disney to dramatically rethink its strategy with the Fox brand moving forward. With Ford vs. Ferrari, they have a $100 million, prestige biopic starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale from a beloved director. Will that make for a winning combination in the long run? Critics love it and if audiences turn up, this could work out.
Charlie's Angels, which is directed by Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2) is a reboot of the franchise for the big screen starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. Reviews have been a bit mixed, with the movie currently boasting a 64 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Estimates have it taking in between $13 and $19 million, which would be a decent, if not great start. This week's other newcomer, The Good Liar, a prestige dramatic thriller from Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast), will have a much more modest start with between $5 and $7 million. The cast is led by Ian McKellen and Hellen Mirren.
In holdover news, Doctor Sleep will be very lucky to see $8 million in its second frame, which cements it as a perplexing bomb. The horror flick comes with the Stephen King brand and is well-liked by both critics and audiences. It just isn't putting meat in seats. Terminator: Dark Fate will stumble further as well, falling well outside the top five, further placing it firmly as one of the biggest bombs of the year. Be sure to check out our full list of weekend box office predictions below and check back with us on Sunday for the weekend estimates. Numbers used in this report were provided by Box Office Mojo.