“Inferno” Bombs In U.S., “Strange” Soars Overseas

The third of the film adaptations of Dan Brown’s historical conspiracy novel thrillers, “Inferno,” died at the U.S. box-office this weekend with just a $15 million opening haul.

That’s less than one-third of the $46.2 million opening that the second film “Angels and Demons” scored, and only a minuscule taking of the $77.1 million opening of “The Da Vinci Code” in 2006 back when Brown’s books were in the zeitgeist.

All three of the films have been poorly reviewed with the scores fairly close but “Inferno” came off just slightly worse than ‘Da Vinci’, while ‘Angels’ remains easily the best critically received of the trilogy (and its most expensive).

“Inferno” won’t hurt Sony’s pocketbook though with it having already earned $150 million overseas so far in the past two weeks from a $75 million budget. But the U.S. debut was weak enough that the second weekend of Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” retained the top spot with a further $16.7 million.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” came third with roughly $9.6 million, “The Accountant” was fourth with $8.5 million, and “Ouija: Origin of Evil” was fifth with $7.1 million.

In global markets, the talk was all about Marvel and Disney’s “Doctor Strange” which opened to a superb $86 million in thirty-three territories, a debut that put it ahead of plenty of other Marvel titles in recent years like “Ant-Man,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America: Winter Soldier” in those markets.

Source: Box-Office Mojo