Lionsgate’s movie “Midway” is expected to take the No. 1 spot at the box office with an estimated $21M opening this weekend, beating out the supernatural thriller “Doctor Sleep.”

“Midway” recreates the 1942 Battle of Midway, a key early victory for the Allies in World War II that took place six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. It stars Ed Skrein, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Nick Jonas, and Dennis Quaid. It’s release had been timed to take advantage of the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday. 

“Doctor Sleep” is heading for an estimated $18 million total, coming in well under expectations of $25-$30 million. Universal’s romantic comedy “Last Christmas” is in line with forecasts at about $13 million, with Paramount’s family comedy “Playing With Fire” and “Terminator: Dark Fate” rounding out the top 5.

‘Midway’ Takes No. 1 From ‘Doctor Sleep’ in Box Office Surprise


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