‘Ford v Ferrari’ speeds to No. 1; ‘Charlie’s Angels’ fizzles

Brenda Watkins
November 18, 2019

Ford vs. Ferrari (or Le Mans 66 outside of the US) has raced into the top spot with an opening weekend of $31 million.

Audience reception was relatively positive with a B+ on CinemaScore, but tepid reviews likely weighed "Charlie's Angels" down with a 59% Rotten Tomatoes score.

In the film, American auto designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles (Damon and Bale) battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race vehicle for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

The reboot of the classic Eighties TV series and two films was written and directed by Elizabeth Banks and stars Kristen Stewart and relative unknowns Naomi Scott and Ella Ballinska. This film had a rough opening weekend, bringing in only $8.5 million, well short of the $13 million projection. The film is still hoping to best second place "Midway" when the Monday actual numbers hit as "Maleficent" was able to take over a "Joker" win weeks ago.

That made the initial success of "Ford v Ferrari" stand out even more.

"Ford v Ferrari", produced by Chernin Entertainment, carries a $100 million production budget, meaning it still has ways to go before achieving profitability. Anywhere we played it, whether at festivals or screenings, people have come out responding so positively to it.

A trio of attractive superspies didn't stand a chance this weekend at the box office, as it was the duo of Christian Bale and Matt Damon that not only took the top prize but did so in dominating fashion. "It's exactly what you want to see on the big screen".

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If this is the formula by Disney going forward for Fox - big budget movies catered to the 30-and-over crowd - it also potentially makes the studio a more consistent contender for Oscar glory, which historically is a rarity outside of its animation output.

At No. 7, the studio's "The Good Liar" opened with $5.6 million. Mike Flanagan's $50 million horror movie adapted from King's 2013 novel has scraped up $1.4 million here, $25 million in the USA and $53.8 million worldwide.

Based on a report from the Los Angeles Occasions, this previous weekend, Ford v Ferrari was primary on the field workplace whereas Charlie's Angels tanked.

Paul Feig's festive romantic comedy continues to underwhelm at the box office; Last Christmas took in $6.7 million for its second weekend.

At the specialty box office, A24's "Waves" kicked off with $144,562 from four venues in NY and Los Angeles, equating to a strong $36,140 per location. Finally, after three weeks on release, Terminator Dark Fate has left the USA top ten.

Disney will dominate the global box office next week when the long-awaited Frozen 2 casts its spell in cinemas worldwide.

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