Box Office: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Flies to $31M; ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Crashes With $8.6M
Elsewhere, Bill Condon’s ‘The Good Liar’ opened to an even worse $5.6 million, while ‘Joker’ passed ‘The Dark Knight’ to finish Sunday with $1.017 billion in global ticket sales.
Ford v Ferrari easily ran Charlie’s Angels and the rest of the competition off the road at the weekend box office, grossing a better-than-expected $31 million in North America for 20th Century Fox and Disney. Overseas, the pic debuted to $21.4 million for a global start of $52.4 million.
Conversely, Sony’s Charlie’s Angels crashed and burned in its domestic opening with an estimated $8.6 million, becoming the third high-profile reboot or sequel in a row to bomb after Terminator: Dark Fate two weeks ago and Doctor Sleep last weekend.
Directed by James Mangold, Ford v Ferrari — which received a coveted A+ CinemaScore and glowing reviews — is a much-needed win for the Fox film label and new owner Disney following a string of misses this year. The movie’s promising debut is also a victory for adult-skewing, original event pics.
Ford v Ferrari, which stars Christian Bale and Matt Damon, tells the real-life story of the two men who, in 1966, helped Henry Ford II and his Ford Motor Co. become the first American company to win Le Mans, the world’s most prestigious race. Chernin Entertainment produced.
The film, which has major Oscar ambitions, cost $97 million to produce before marketing. Nearly 80 percent of ticket buyers were over the age of 25, including 55 percent over the age of 35, according to PostTrak. Males made up 62 percent of the audience.