War epic 'Midway' bests 'Doctor Sleep' at the box office - 47abc

The Wrap Midway Nick Jonas

The Wrap Midway Nick Jonas

Midway did not fair very well either however, it cost approximately $100 million to produce and brought in $17.5 million.

The World War II film "Midway" has scored a surprise victory at the box office over "The Shining" sequel "Doctor Sleep" this weekend.

Lionsgate, the studio distributing the movie, positioned its release to take advantage of Veterans Day and expects "Midway" to collect US$20.05 million from 3,242 North American locations through its first four days in theaters. The Stephen King adaptation "Doctor Sleep" was expected to win the weekend, but the thriller landed in second-place overall on the domestic charts with a $14.1M debut.

The Roland Emmerich-directed film had a $100 million budget, and stars Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Ed Skrein and Nick Jonas, and was timed for release in the US for Veteran's Day. Reception has been solid for the film with a 73% RT score, a B+ on CinemaScore, and Stephen King's enthusiastic endorsement. Mike Flanagan (Netflix's "The Haunting of Hill House") wrote and directed "Doctor Sleep", which sees Ewan McGregor take on the role of Danny Torrance, a man with psychic abilities who struggles with childhood trauma.

Elsewhere, Playing with Fire starring John Cena and Keegan Michael-Key ranked third at the box office, pulling in $12.8 million, but flopped critically with a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. Paul Feig directed "Last Christmas", which stars Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, and Emma Thompson.

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