Warner Bros' Doctor Sleep seemed like a surefire number one in a slow weekend at the US box office, a modest $25 million opening was the expectation, but that's not what has transpired. Doctor Sleep hit the snooze button with lower takings than predicted, a lot lower. Grossing just $14.4 million for the weekend, Mike Flannagan's follow-up to The Shining has woken up to a nightmarish opening weekend.
Roland Emmerich's Midway managed to over perform over Veterans Day weekend and claimed the number spot. While the better than expected $17.8 million opening is a modest victory, Midway has a long way to go before it can be considered a success. Internationally, Midway generated $11 million over the weekend which was somewhat below earlier estimates. Critics agree that the action is well-staged, but overall reviews have been mixed. Elsewhere in the top ten, Paramount's John Cena led Playing with Fire came in third place with $12.7 million. Fourth place went to romantic comedy Last Christmas from Bridemaids director Paul Feig. Starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, the festive rom-com took $11 million. The first seasonal movie of the year might have arrived a little early, but it could have legs to stick around for the holidays.
After a disappointing opening last weekend, Terminator Dark Fate continues to set new lows for the franchise. Dropping 63% in its second frame, Dark Fate made $10 million taking its domestic total to $48.4 million. The international box office has been kinder with more than $150 million thus far, but that's not going to prevent Dark Fate from ending up a flop. Currently, the James Cameron produced sequel is on track to lose more than $120 million. Perhaps it's time to accept that the Terminator movie franchise is dead, give it a few years, and it can reboot as a TV series.
Joker continued its record-breaking run, dropping to sixth place the Todd Philips directed film is mere days away from cracking a global haul of $1 billion. In seventh place, Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is still falling short of its predecessor, at $97 million after four weeks, the belated sequel won't come close to matching the $241 million success of the original. Internationally, Mistress of Evil has made more $330 million and counting, but the expensive follow-up has a way to go before it hits the breakeven point.