Disney’s release of the 20th Century Fox film Ford v Ferrari raced to the top of the weekend box office with an estimated $31.0 million. The film is about American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) as they battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
Dropping to second place was Lionsgate’s Midway which took in another $8.6 million. The films’ domestic haul in the first ten days of release has reached $35.1 million and $53 million worldwide.
Debuting in a disappointing third place is Sony’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels which opened with just $8.6 million. The film fared a little better overseas with an international intake of $19.3 million but the opening is far below the original two films. The first Charlie’s Angels film in 2000 opened with $40.1 million while the 2003 sequel Full Throttle opened with $37.6 million. Both of those films went on to gross more than $250 million worldwide.
Rounding out the top five of the weekend was Paramount and Nickelodoen’s family comedy Playing with Fire about a crew of rugged firefighters (John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo) who meet their match when attempting to rescue three rambunctious kids. The film took in another $8.5 million for a ten day cume of $25.4 million at the domestic box office. Universal’s holiday film Last Christmas finished the top five with $6.7 million.
- Ford v Ferrari (20th Century Fox) $31.0 million
- Midway (Lionsgate) $8.8 million
- Charlie’s Angels (Sony) $8.6 million
- Playing with Fire (Paramount) $8.5 million
- Last Christmas (Universal) $6.7 million
Next weekend’s pre-American Thanksgiving weekend will see the expected powerhouse release of Disney’s Frozen II. STX Entertainment will also release the action thriller 21 Bridges while Sony Pictures will release the bio-pic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in wide release.