Ford vs. Ferrari left box office rivals in the dust as the historic sports drama of Disney and 20th Century Fox made its way to $ 31 million in North America.
Directed by James Mangold and starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, Ford vs. Ferrari made its debut thanks to the powerful word of mouth from moviegoers. However, these promising ticket sales were not enough to compensate for the disappointing start-up colleagues of high-profile newcomers, Charlie's Angels and The Good Liar, which pushed home box office more than 6% from Comscore last year.  The action comedy Sony's "Charlie's Angels" jumped out of the gate with an inspiring $ 8.6 million from $ 3,452, landing third behind Lionsgate's "Midway" war drama ($ 8.75 million) and just before the family movie on Paramount's Playing with Fire ($ 8.5 million). Meanwhile, Warner Bros.'s "The Good Liar" thriller it narrowly broke the top 1
Ford v Ferrari secured the rare A + CinemaScore, the highest rating among new national offerings. Such praise from ticket buyers shows that racing drama should have a long life in theaters, a good sign, as the movie produced by Chernin Entertainment costs $ 100 million. Ford vs Ferrari lures a predominantly older male crowd: men make up 62% of ticket buyers, while nearly 80% are over 25.
International moviegoers, as well as the potential buzz of Oscar, should also help spur film to profitability. Ford vs. Ferrari kicks off this weekend with $ 21 million, pushing its global share to $ 52.4 million. The movie looks like a big win for Fox with its new Disney owners and the first commercial success since the studios reunited earlier this year.
Ford v Ferrari tells the true story of a Ford car team led by designer Carol Shelby (Damon) and its British driver Ken Miles (Bale) as they create a race car, trying to beat the legendary Ferrari in the prestigious Ferrari Le Mans.
Charlie's Angels, however, failed to lure its core audience of younger women and arrived well behind the projections of home box offices (the studio was expecting a launch closer to $ 13 million). The film is now relying on overseas audiences to help recover its $ 48 million production budget, though co-financing partners will help offset any potential losses to Sony.
Elizabeth Banks wrote and directed "The Angels of Charlie" – starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska – the third big-screen adaptation of the classic action series. The latest chapter shows that Angels will go global to stop the spread of dangerous new technology that could threaten the world. Banks portrays one of Bosley's many as Sam Cloughlin, Patrick Stewart and Noah Centineo join the cast.
The Good Liar bowed in eighth place and failed to place great weight on his primary demographic position. Over 60% of moviegoers were over the age of 50, a group that does not routinely engage with opening weekend. But mediocre reviews, along with B CinemaScore, do not bode well for its future in multiplexes. Directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian McClane as a fraudster targeting a rich widow (Helen Myron), The Good Liar is the latest literary adaptation by Warner Bros. that has failed to fill theaters. In recent weeks, the Golden Chinffin, Motherless Brooklyn and Doctor Sun have been all big failures. Dr. Sun suffered a significant drop of 57% in its second weekend, raising $ 6.1 million for a total of $ 25 million.
This is not all bad news on the Warner Bros. lot. This weekend's Joker officially became the first R-rated movie in gross box office history to gross over $ 1 billion. Even more impressive, this is only the third film to ever reach this milestone without being released in China, one of the largest cinema markets in the world.
The specialty box office at Waves of A24 started $ 144,562 from four locations in New York and Los Angeles, which equates to a strong $ 36,140 on the spot. Trey Edward Schultz wrote and directed the renowned drama for a South Florida family uniting in the face of tragedy. The studio will continue to roll out the film slowly throughout the country during the festive season.
More to come …