Monday, November 18, 2019

Monday's Headlines | Weekend Box Office

This weekend at the box office, Fox’s “Ford v Ferrari” raced to the top as Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” crashed and burned.

Directed by James Mangold, “Ford v Ferrari” opened in first place with $31 million, well above analyst projections of $20 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore. Despite the strong showing for a film aimed at adults, the overall box office was down versus a year ago for a fifth straight weekend, falling 37.6% short of the same three-day period in 2018 when “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” opened with $62.2 million. The year-to-date total now stands at $9.7 billion, 6.2% below last year.

Starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, the $97-million film takes place in 1966 and tells the real-life story of two men who helped the Ford Motor Co. become the first American company to win Le Mans, the world’s most prestigious sports car race.

Audiences responded with a rare A+ CinemaScore and the film scored a 92% “fresh” rating on movie review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

At No. 2, Lionsgate’s “Midway” added $8.8 million in its second weekend (a 51% drop) for a cumulative $35.1 million.

In third place, Sony’s rebooted “Charlie’s Angels” opened with $8.6 million, well below modest analyst projections of $12 million to $13 million.

Written, directed by and co-starring Elizabeth Banks, the film features Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott as the new trio of Angels in the Charles Townsend Agency’s now global operation.

The $50-million movie is in the same canon as the ‘70s television series, McG’s 2000 film of the same name and his 2003 sequel, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” It earned a mixed reception with a B+ CinemaScore and a 59% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.