This week’s update welcomes the addition of two wide releases currently slated to debut on Wednesday, November 27 as part of the extended Thanksgiving weekend in the domestic market.
Opening Weekend Range: $15 – 20 million (Friday through Sunday)
- Boasting an impressive ensemble cast led by Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, and more, the collective star power of accomplished actors on display could be a strong attraction for a diverse range of adult audiences. The “whodunnit?” premise of the film is also one that helped the fellow ensemble-driven Murder on the Orient Express break out to a $102.8 million domestic run two years ago.
- Rian Johnson is no stranger to successful original stories after his success with Looper, Brick, and several episodes of the iconic television series Breaking Bad. His return to original storytelling here is an encouraging element, especially given the film’s stellar 99 percent Rotten Tomatoes score following early industry screenings.
- Early social media trends for the film’s trailers reveal notable enthusiasm for the film as a counter-programmer that could play well through the holiday season alongside Hollywood’s big franchise titles in December.
- Those strong early reviews highlight some less-than-subtle comparisons to current social and political goings-on, which could put off some moviegoers seeking escapism of a more neutral flavor.
- Johnson, unfortunately, drew the social media ire of some Star Wars fans with his unique storytelling choices in The Last Jedi two years ago, although we expect any splash effect on this film to be minimal (or non-existent) given the significantly different target audience.
Queen & Slim
Opening Weekend Range: $7 – 12 million (Friday through Sunday)
- Daniel Kaluuya’s starring role is an early selling point following his breakout work in 2017’s Get Out, while Universal’s distribution and marketing could be major advantages for the kind of film that is generally given modest promotion from smaller/indie studios.
- Potential award season contention could elevate this film’s lifespan at the box office, particularly as a counter-programmer not facing any direct genre competition upon release. Arthouse crowds are likely to be a strong driver.
- Recent performances by similar dramas like If Beale Street Could Talk and The Hate U Give have us leaning cautious for now. A strong award season push could elevate that outlook, though.
- Although this offers a very different kind of film, adult audiences will already have several other high profile choices in the form of Ford v Ferrari, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and Knives Out, among other holdovers and late December releases.
|Release Date||Title||3-Day (FSS) Opening Range||3-Day (FSS) Opening Forecast||% Chg from Last Week||Domestic Total Forecast||% Chg from Last Week||Estimated Location Count||Distributor|
|10/11/2019||The Addams Family (2019)||$23,000,000 – $28,000,000||$25,000,000||9%||$88,000,000||3,800||United Artists Releasing|
|10/11/2019||Gemini Man||$26,000,000 – $31,000,000||$28,000,000||$85,000,000||3,500||Paramount|
|10/11/2019||Jexi||$5,000,000 – $10,000,000||$6,500,000||-13%||$17,000,000||-15%||2,300||Lionsgate / CBS Films / Entertainment One|
|10/18/2019||Maleficent: Mistress of Evil||$40,000,000 – $55,000,000||$40,000,000||$120,000,000||4,000||Disney|
|10/18/2019||Zombieland 2: Double Tap||$24,000,000 – $34,000,000||$30,000,000||$77,000,000||3,700||Sony / Columbia|
|10/25/2019||Black and Blue||$8,000,000 – $13,000,000||$11,000,000||-8%||$32,000,000||-8%||Sony / Screen Gems|
|10/25/2019||Countdown||$13,000,000 – $18,000,000||$14,000,000||$33,000,000||STX|
|10/25/2019||The Current War: Director’s Cut||n/a||n/a||n/a||101 Studios|
|10/25/2019||The Last Full Measure||n/a||n/a||n/a||Roadside Attractions|
|11/1/2019||Arctic Dogs||$5,000,000 – $10,000,000||$7,000,000||$24,500,000||Entertainment Studios|
|11/1/2019||Motherless Brooklyn||n/a||n/a||n/a||Warner Bros.|
|11/1/2019||Terminator: Dark Fate||$35,000,000 – $45,000,000||$38,000,000||$85,000,000||Paramount|
|11/8/2019||Doctor Sleep||$20,000,000 – $30,000,000||$25,000,000||$92,000,000||Warner Bros.|
|11/8/2019||Last Christmas||$12,000,000 – $17,000,000||$15,000,000||$80,000,000||Universal|
|11/8/2019||Midway||$10,000,000 – $15,000,000||$13,000,000||$47,000,000||Lionsgate|
|11/8/2019||Playing with Fire||$7,000,000 – $12,000,000||$8,000,000||$33,000,000||Paramount|
|11/15/2019||Charlie’s Angels (2019)||$25,000,000 – $35,000,000||$29,000,000||$78,000,000||Sony / Columbia|
|11/15/2019||The Good Liar||n/a||n/a||n/a||Warner Bros.|
|11/15/2019||Ford v. Ferrari||$25,000,000 – $35,000,000||$32,000,000||$115,000,000||Fox|
|11/22/2019||21 Bridges||$9,000,000 – $14,000,000||$10,000,000||$34,000,000||STX|
|11/22/2019||A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood||$16,000,000 – $21,000,000||$19,000,000||$105,000,000||Sony / Columbia|
|11/22/2019||Frozen 2||$115,000,000 – $145,000,000||$125,000,000||$450,000,000||Disney|
|11/27/2019||Knives Out||$15,000,000 – $20,000,000||$17,500,000||NEW||$70,000,000||NEW||Lionsgate|
|11/27/2019||Queen & Slim||$7,000,000 – $12,000,000||$8,000,000||NEW||$30,000,000||NEW||Universal|
Alex Edghill contributed to this report