Jojo Rabbit approaches the Top Ten.
Roland Emmerich's WWII action flick, Midway (#1), wowed with a first-place finish over the expected Doctor Sleep (#2). The Warner Bros. sequel to The Shining played under expectations, finishing with just $14.1 million, against the $25 million it was expected to deliver.
Midway, from Lionsgate, opened to over 3,2000 screens and earned $17.5 million and an A CinemaScore. It helps that the film debuted over the course of America's Veteran's Day weekend and the UK's Remembrance Day holiday.
The poor performance for Doctor Sleep also found audiences feeling less enthusiastic than critics. The film's B+ CinemaScore means its halted start is probably indicative of its performance over the next few weeks. It marks the second weekend in a row with a big-budget studio film floundering.
Speaking of Terminator: Dark Fate (#5), the franchise film continued to stall with just $10.8 million in its second weekend. Overall, it will not cross its budget, much less earn any money for Paramount.
This weekend's new release films filled out all of the Top Four spots. Playing with Fire (#3), a family romp starring John Cena, earned $12.8 million, which is above the numbers Paramount offered going into the weekend. And, following within expectations, Universal's Last Christmas (#4) earned $11.6 million and a B- CInemaScore.
Outside the Top Ten, Jojo Rabbit (#11) expanded into 802 locations, earning $3.9 million. With over $9 million now, the awards season film is expected to continue to grow its audience, thanks to word-of-mouth and continued expansion across the country. Amazon's Honey Boy (#22) opened in four locations, bringing in a total of $288,825, or $72,206 per screen.
Leaving the Top Ten are thriller Countdown (#12), cop drama Black and Blue (#15), failed awards bait Motherless Brooklyn (#14), and animated film Arctic Dogs (#16).
Next weekend, Fox will release Ford v Ferrari to over 3,500 screens. The potential Oscar film will be up against the latest version of Charlie's Angels, starring Kristen Stewart, and New Line's The Good Liar, starring Helen Mirren.
TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)
1. MIDWAY - $17.5 million
2. DOCTOR SLEEP - $14.1 million
3. PLAYING WITH FIRE - $12.8 million
4. LAST CHRISTMAS - $11.6 million
5. TERMINATOR: DARK FATE - $10.8 million
6. JOKER - $9.2 million
7. MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL - $8 million
8. HARRIET - $7.23 million
9. ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP - $4.315 million
10. THE ADDAMS FAMILY - $4.2 million
All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.