BOX OFFICE REPORT
November 1-3, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Terminator: Dark Fate||$29 million|
|Maleficent: Mistress of Evil||$12.1 million|
|The Addams Family||$8.4 million|
Terminator: Dark Fate may have taken the top spot at the box office – something the last two films weren't able to do – but with a lousy $29 million, that's enough to probably kill the franchise for good. While the film was certainly the best thing in this series since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 15 years of getting burned by subpar sequels has turned audiences off for life. Paramount's got to be reeling from this one.
Joker stayed at the No. 2 spot, and it's closing in on more than $1 billion worldwide and just a few bucks shy of $300 million domestic, putting it ahead of all but the biggest Marvel movies. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil dropped to third place, and it's still struggling. It's likely to end up with around the same gross as The Addams Family, which is pretty dire when you consider how big Disney's marketing machine is to United Artists, which hasn't had a hit all year.
Harriet was the strongest of the non-action debuts. Exceeding expectations, the historical drama debuted with $12 million. That's a higher gross than practically all of director Kasi Lemmons' previous efforts put together. The film will likely play well through Thanksgiving, and especially as Focus Features pushes Cynthia Erivo for a Best Actress Oscar nomination. The Addams Family finished in fifth place. I know an animated movie that opened this weekend that would have killed for that.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Jojo Rabbit reigns supreme once again, averaging $9,378 as it expanded to 256 screens.
- Motherless Brooklyn is without parents and without an audience. Edward Norton's adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's novel disappeared almost immediately, taking in a truly dreadful $3.6 million, marking another horrendous opening for Warner Bros.
- But that was still better than Arctic Dogs, an animated movie that included such brilliant dialogue as, "It smells like the planet made a poopie." It wasn't a Delgo-level disaster, but $3.1 million on more than 2,800 screens is an awful showing no matter how you look at it.
Four major releases, and three of them aren't going to look so hot at the end of the weekend. I still think Doctor Sleep should have taken advantage of the spooky season and opened on October 25, but what do I know? The sequel to The Shining should open with a solid $35-40 million. That will be more than enough for No. 1 and to destroy its competition, which include the holiday rom-com Last Christmas, the latest Roland Emmerich explosion-fest Midway and the family comedy Playing with Fire.