This weekend saw three new releases of great films in US theaters, but there was a clear success, with Ford v Ferrari exceeding expectations and comfortably positioned at the top of the charts. The dramatization of the 1966 Ford Motor Company's quest to build a car capable of beating Ferrari at Le Mans 66, directed by James Mangold (Logan) and starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, brought $ 31 million over the weekend according to Box Office Mojo.
This is well above the $ 22 million Box Office Mojo pre-weekend showing and the film received excellent reviews and excellent word of mouth, including a rare A Cinemascore from the participants. The film has a budget of $ 100 million, but this is still a strong start (the film also earned $ 21. 4 million internationally), and there is a good chance that the film will perform well over the coming weeks, especially if you get the buzz of the prize.
Charlie's Angels had a much weaker start. The new film, directed by Elizabeth Banks and starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in the role of the eponymous Angels, was third at the box office (under the Midway last week). It opened at $ 8.6 million, well below expectations, and much less than the 2000 iteration of Charlie's Angels (which opened for $ 40, 128, 550) and its sequel, Charlie's Angels Full Throttle ($ 37 , 634, 221). It's not all bad though – the film was raised $ 19.3 million outside of America, and was made on a fairly modest budget of $ 48 million.
The other new extended version that will open this weekend, The Good Liar, brought $ 5, 656, 000. This is a low result, but the film was made on a budget of only $ 10 million. Elsewhere in the rankings, Doctor Sleep has dropped to sixth place with $ 6, 181, 000, which means he is still on his way to losing money. Joker has exceeded $ 1 billion internationally, making it one of the most profitable films of all time. Terminator: Dark Fate has slipped from the top ten, earning $ 4, 375, 000 and Waves, the new Trey Edward Shults movie (It Comes At Night), was opened for $ 144, 562 on only four screens.
Here is the national top ten for this weekend, or you can see the complete ranking on Box Office Mojo.
1. Ford v Ferrari: $ 31. 0 37 million
2. Halfway: $ 8. 75 million
3. Charlie's Angels: $ 8.6 million
4. Playing with fire: $ 8. 55 million
5. Last Christmas: $ 6.7 million
6. Doctor Sleep: $ 6. 181 million
7. The Good Liar: $ 5.656 million
8. Joker: $ 5.635 million
9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: $ 5.247 million
10. Harriet: $ 4. 780 million