Shattered Dreams at the Box Office as ‘Doctor Sleep’ Drastically Underperforms

For all the critical accolades directed its way, Doctor Sleep, Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 sequel to The Shining, had a disastrous opening weekend.

Though it was believed by nearly every pundit that it would be a lock for a first-place debut, Doctor Sleep had to settle for second place with an underwhelming $14 million. For all the perceived surrounding the film, audiences clearly weren’t heading to the theatre to see a two and a half hour, cerebral horror film. Those that did see Doctor Sleep (including myself) gave it top marks; there just weren’t enough of them. This box office rejection mirrors the original reaction to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film, which has only grown in stature over the last forty years. While the numbers for Doctor Sleep may be a letdown, I firmly believe audiences will catch up to it, just as they did the original.

As for the rest of the top five, Roland Emmerich’s critically derided World War II action film Midway managed to grab the top spot this week, debuting with $17 million. John Cena’s Playing With Fire debut in third place with $12.8 million, while holiday film Last Christmas was rejected by audiences, debuting in fourth place with $11.6 million. Finally, Terminator: Dark Fate free fell to fifth place with $10.8 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Doctor Sleep – $30 million
2) Last Christmas – $15 million
3) Terminator: Dark Fate – $14 million
4) Playing With Fire – $12 million
5) Midway – $10 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Midway – $17 million
2) Doctor Sleep – $14million
3) Playing With Fire – $12.8 million
4) Last Christmas – $11.6 million
5) Terminator: Dark Fate – $10.8 million

Next weekend sees the release of The Good Liar, Ford v Ferrari, and Charlie’s Angels. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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