This weekend is shaping up to be the busiest of the year so far at the box office, with four new movies hitting theaters in wide release. At one point, it was even supposed to be five new movies arriving wide, until Focus Features pushed its highly-anticipated A Monster Calls to an awards season friendly date of December 23. Last weekend's winner The Accountant will now square off against Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Universal's Ouija: Origin of Evil, 20th Century Fox's Keeping Up With the Joneses and Lionsgate's Boo! A Madea Halloween. We're predicting that the action-packed sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will come out on top with $20.2 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will debut in approximately 3,500 theaters, the highest roll-out of any other new release, with Ouija: Origins of Evil arriving in 3,100 theaters, Keeping Up With the Joneses debuting in 3,000 theaters and Boo! A Madea Halloween arriving in 2,150 theaters. As of now, Ouija: Origin of Evil is the only new release with enough movie reviews to warrant a TomatoMeter score, with an impressive 86% Fresh rating. It remains to be seen how kindly the nation's critics will receive the other three new releases.
If Jack Reacher: Never Go Back does hit this projection, it will open with roughly $5 million more than its predecessor, 2012's Jack Reacher. That Lee Child adaptation opened with $15.2 million in a crowded December frame that also featured the debuts of This Is 40, The Guilt Trip and the 3D re-release of Monsters Inc., all of which were defeated by The Hobbit in its second weekend. Jack Reacher would go on to earn $80 million domestically and $218.3 million worldwide from a $60 million budget. We're predicting that The Accountant drops to second place with $13.4 million, with the top 5 rounded out by the rest of the new releases Ouija: Origin of Evil ($12.5 million), Keeping Up with the Joneses ($11.6 million) and Boo! A Madea Halloween ($9.4 million).
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher's old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed. Based upon Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, author Lee Child's 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.
Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija 2 tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014's sleeper hit that opened at number one. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side. The cast includes Doug Jones, Elizabeth Reaser, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Lin Shaye and Annalise Basso.
Keeping Up With the Joneses follows an ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) who finds it's not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) - their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors - especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. "Jones" are covert operatives. The supporting cast of this action-comedy includes Maribeth Monroe, Ming Zhao, Jeff Chase, Cullen Moss, Kristi Von and Dennise Renae Larson. Greg Mottola (Paul) directs from a script by Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree).
In Boo! A Madea Halloween, Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens. Tyler Perry returns as Madea, with a supporting cast that includes Bella Thorne, Cassi Davis, Andre Hall, Diamond White, Jimmy Tatro and Kian Lawley. Tyler Perry directs from his own script, which was inspired by the fictitious Madea Halloween movie in Chris Rock's film Top Five. Lionsgate then approached Perry and suggested that they make the movie for real.
The top 10 will be rounded out by Kevin Hart: What Now? ($6.1 million), The Girl on the Train ($5.8 million), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ($4.9 million), Deepwater Horizon $3.2 million) and Storks ($2.9 million). Also opening in limited release is Lionsgate's American Pastoral, Freestyle Releasing's Autumn Lights, Kino Lorber's documentary Fire at Sea, Independent's Good Kids, Magnolia's The Handmaiden, Focus World's In a Valley of Violence, A24's Moonlight and Drafthouse's We Are X. It isn't known if any of those films will expand nationwide in the weeks to come.
Looking ahead to next week, Sony Pictures' Inferno, the third Robert Langdon adventure starring Tom Hanks, will be the only movie arriving in wide release. Magnolia's documentary Gimme Danger, FIP's drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Argentum's romance New Life and Paladin's horror-thriller The Unspoken will debut in limited release. Be sure to check back on Sunday for the box office estimates, and again on Tuesday for next week's wave of predictions. Until then, take a look at our projected top 10 for the weekend of October 21.