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'Ford v Ferrari' Racing Toward $30 Million Debut, 'Charlie's Angels' Far from Heavenly

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Fox's Ford v Ferrari is living up to tracking expectations, out performing Mojo's pre-weekend forecast after bringing in an estimated $10.9 million on Friday, racing toward a $30 million three-day weekend. On top of that, while we knew critics already liked the film, opening day audiences gave it an impressive "A+" CinemaScore, boding well for the rest of the weekend and beyond.

'Midway' Scores Surprise #1 Finish as 'Doctor Sleep' is Caught Napping

Heading into the weekend we were anticipating a top ten that would deliver around $110 million, as it turns out the top ten currently falls just short of a combined $100 million as Lionsgate's Midway delivered a surprise #1 finish, topping WB's Doctor Sleep, which slipped to second and well below expectations. Paramount's Playing with Fire joined Midway in outperforming expectations while Universal's Last Christmas fell below Mojo's forecast, but well within studio expectations.

'Midway' Set for #1 Finish as It Catches 'Doctor Sleep' Napping

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Lionsgate's Midway is the surprise of the weekend, bringing in an estimated $6.34 million on Friday and looking to finish #1 for the weekend with a three-day that could reach $18 million, well ahead of expectations. The film also earned an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which suggests word of mouth throughout the weekend could carry it even higher.Ewan McGregorRebecca FergusonEmilia ClarkeHenry GoldingRoland Emmerich

'Terminator: Dark Fate' Tops Weekend with Soft $29M Debut; 'Harriet' Strong with $11.6M Opening

Paramount's Terminator: Dark Fate was able to score the weekend's #1 spot, but it came in well below expectations, calling into question the fate of the Terminator franchise once again. Meanwhile, Focus's release of Harriet destroyed expectations, delivering a #4 finish to go along with a strong, "A+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

'Terminator: Dark Fate' Eyes Disappointing $28M Debut; 'Harriet' Looks at Strong $10.5M+ Debut

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Paramount's Terminator: Dark Fate is looking very soft after an estimated $10.6 million Friday, heading toward a three-day performance that could come up shy of the $27 million debut for 2015's Terminator Genisys. The film received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

'Joker' Narrowly Holds Off 'Maleficent' to Return to the Weekend's Top Spot

It's a narrow race at the top of the box office, but based on estimates WB's Joker was able to return to the weekend #1 spot after a brief respite last weekend as Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil falls to second in its sophomore frame Meanwhile it was an equally tight race for third as well as fifth with the new releases of Countdown and Black and Blue competing for that last spot in the top five.

'Joker' and 'Maleficent' Neck and Neck for #1 while 'Black and Blue' and 'Countdown' Compete for Fifth

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: STXfilms's horror thriller Countdown took in an estimated $3.1 million on Friday. The $6.5 million production is expected to deliver a $7.5-8+ million debut. The film received a "C+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Tops the Weekend, but Falls Short of Expectations

This weekend saw the release of two new sequels and Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil topped the chart as expected, albeit with a lighter performance than expected. However, Sony's Zombieland: Double Tap came in on the high side of expectations while WB's Joker continued its strong run and will soon top $250 million domestically. Elsewhere, Neon's Parasite, A24's The Lighthouse and Fox Searchlight's Jojo Rabbit all had strong showings in limited release.

'Maleficent' and 'Zombieland' Deliver a Double Dose of Sequels this Weekend

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is on its way to a #1 finish, albeit a bit lighter than expected. The film brought in an estimated $12.5 million on Friday and is looking at a three-day performance around $38+ million. It received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

'Joker' Repeats at #1, 'Addams Family' Solid in Second and 'Parasite' Feasts

In the face of three new wide releases, there was no dethroning Joker from the weekend's top spot as the film not only topped the weekend box office domestically, internationally and worldwide, it has already generated over $543 million globally in just its first twelve days in global release. As for the newcomers, UAR's The Addams Family led the way with a solid second place debut while Paramount's Gemini Man and Lionsgate's Jexi struggled to find an audience. However, one film that didn't struggle was Neon's release of the Palme d'Or winner Parasite, which made an impact in just three theaters this weekend.

'Joker' Will Get Last Laugh Over 'Addams Family' and 'Gemini Man'

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: The weekend's new releases are performing mostly as expected, but before we get to them we have to mention WB's Joker, which brought in an estimated $17 million on Friday, to kick off what is looking like a possible $60 million second weekend, signaling a drop that could be less than -40%. A strong performance and a clear sign this film is resonating with audiences.

'Joker' Delivers Largest October Opening Ever with $93.5 Million

This weekend saw the Warner Bros. DC Comics adaptation Joker deliver the largest October domestic opening weekend of all-time and the fourth largest opening ever for an R-rated feature. The film was the #1 movie domestically and overseas, kicking things off with a $234 million global launch.

'Joker' Eyes October Opening Weekend Record

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Joker exploded out of the gates with an estimated $39.9 million Friday with expectations for the film now ranging anywhere from $87-95+ million for the weekend. The film received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences with the "under 35" crowd scoring it an "A-".

'Abominable' Puts Universal Atop the Weekend Box Office Once Again

Universal finished atop the weekend box office yet again this year with their animated adventure Abominable, while also taking second position with Focus's Downton Abbey, now in its second weekend. Meanwhile, Roadside saw a strong performance from their release of Judy, delivering a top ten performance in moderate release, while holdovers such as Hustlers and It: Chapter Two held on strong in their third and fourth weekends respectively.

Universal's 'Abominable' Ready to Freeze Out the Weekend Competition

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Universal's animated feature Abominable brought in an estimated $5.69 million on Friday as the film looks to deliver a $20+ million three-day performance. Opening day audiences gave the film an "A" CinemaScore.

'Downton Abbey' Serves Up Record, $31 Million Opening for Focus Features

It was a record weekend for Focus Features that saw Downton Abbey not only top the weekend box office, but it became the studio's largest opener ever, topping $30 million. The weekend's fellow new releases — Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood — delivered on expectations and are in a neck-and-neck battle for runner-up position and we'll have to wait for actuals to tell the full story on Monday afternoon.

Weekend #1 Up for Grabs as 'Downton Abbey', 'Rambo' & 'Ad Astra' Hit Theaters

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Focus's Downton Abbey is off to a tremendous start, bringing in an estimated $13.8 million on Friday, which does include $2.1 million from Thursday night previews as well as an additional $2.2 million from previous sneak peek screenings. Studio expectations for the film's three-day weekend currently stand at $31 million, which would be a record opening for Focus, topping the $22.7 million opening for Insidious Chapter 3. The film also scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

'It 2' Repeats at #1, 'Hustlers' Exceeds Expectations & 'The Goldfinch' Flies into a Wall

It was a mixed bag of a weekend for Warner Bros. which saw It: Chapter Two deliver a strong hold and retain the weekend's #1 spot at the box office, but their new release, The Goldfinch, bombed, delivering one of the worst openings ever for a wide release. Alternatively, STXfilms's Hustlers exploded out of the gates with the studio's largest opening in its five year history as well as star Jennifer Lopez's largest live-action opening of all-time.

Pennywise Hopes to Scare Off 'Hustlers' for Repeat at Weekend #1

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: STXfilms' Hustlers is living up to the top end expectations and over performing to the tune of an exception $13.1 million with the studio currently anticipating a $32 million three-day debut. The film received a "B-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

'It: Chapter 2' Floats to #1 with $185 Million Global Debut

Warner Bros. and New Line's It: Chapter Two kicked off the fall box office season with a strong, $91 million debut. The performance easily topped the weekend box office, finishing ahead of the second place film by $85 million. While the performance trails the first film's $123 million opening back in 2017, it is still within studio expectations and ranks as the second largest horror opening of all-time while 2017's It remains to be the only horror film to ever open with more than $100 million.
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