Despite being widely panned, Roland Emmerich’s $100 million WWII epic “Midway” is heading for the No. 1 slot at the U.S. box office this weekend with an estimated $17.5 million for Lionsgate.
That’s significantly ahead of early tracking’s $13 million prediction. Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Ed Skrein, Nick Jonas, Patrick Wilson, Darren Criss, Aaron Eckhart, Mandy Moore, and Dennis Quaid star in the independent film about the famed battle in the Pacific.
The film is coming out ahead of the Stephen King adaptation “Doctor Sleep” which is headed for a $13.5 million opening. That Mike Flanagan-directed film has scored very good reviews overall.
Third place will be a battle between the family-friendly movie “Playing with Fire” and Paul Feig’s panned holiday feature “Last Christmas”. “Terminator: Dark Fate” should round out the top five with about $10 million in its second weekend.
In related news, Bong Joon-ho’s critically adored “Parasite” is set to become the highest-grossing international film at the domestic box office in 2019. The South Korean black comedy film is expected to pass the $10 million milestone at the North American box office this weekend.
It has also reportedly beaten “Avengers: Endgame” in its per-theatre average for all but one single day of its four-week theatrical run so far. “Parasite” is currently playing in 461 theaters.
Source: Box-Office Mojo