Saturday Update: Sony reports this morning that Inferno posted an opening day of $5.6 million, falling well shy of pre-release expectations. By comparison, that’s also 66 percent less than the opening day of Angels & Demons back in May 2009, marking an unfortunate downward turn for the franchise. For the weekend, Boxoffice is currently projecting a debut of $14.7 million, which would put it in a close race for first place with Boo! A Madea Halloween.
Speaking of Madea, that film added $4.59 million on Friday as it continues its solid run. With $39.9 million in the bank through eight days of play, the latest Tyler Perry comedy is eyeing a sophomore frame around $14.5 million.
Meanwhile, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back took in $2.9 million to start its second weekend. The three-day haul should come in around $9 million.
Overall, this weekend has historically been very soft as it precedes the beginning of the holiday movie season and coincides with Halloween on Monday. This year is particularly in the red thanks to Games 3,4, and 5 of the World Series taking place over the course of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, a series receiving particular national attention thanks to the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians each looking to end historically long championship droughts.
We’ll have complete weekend estimates from the studios and further analysis on Sunday. Our initial estimates are below.
|1||Inferno||$14,700,000||—||3,576||—||$4,111||$14,700,000||1||Sony / Columbia|
|2||Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween||$14,500,000||-49%||2,299||39||$6,307||$49,844,343||2||Lionsgate|
|3||Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||$9,000,000||-61%||3,780||0||$2,381||$39,129,177||2||Paramount|
|4||The Accountant||$8,000,000||-41%||3,402||70||$2,352||$60,782,172||3||Warner Bros.|
|5||Ouija: Origin of Evil||$6,100,000||-57%||3,167||0||$1,926||$23,668,625||2||Universal|
|6||The Girl on the Train (2016)||$4,200,000||-41%||2,758||-333||$1,523||$65,848,480||4||Universal|
|7||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children||$3,800,000||-36%||2,797||-336||$1,359||$79,704,180||5||Fox|
|8||Keeping Up with the Joneses||$3,300,000||-40%||3,022||0||$1,092||$10,704,313||2||Fox|
|10||Deepwater Horizon||$2,100,000||-38%||2,054||-774||$1,022||$58,360,245||5||Lionsgate / Summit|
|11||Kevin Hart: What Now?||$1,600,000||-61%||1,656||-911||$966||$21,828,555||3||Universal|
|12||The Magnificent Seven (2016)||$1,300,000||-43%||1,330||-649||$977||$91,185,526||6||Sony / Columbia|
|13||Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life||$1,200,000||-45%||1,295||-477||$927||$18,425,071||4||CBS Films / Lionsgate|
|1||Ae Dil Hai Mushkil||$2,200,000||—||302||—||$7,285||$2,200,000||1||FIP|
|3||The Birth of a Nation (2016)||$565,000||-38%||404||-229||$1,399||$15,092,151||4||Fox Searchlight|
|4||I’m Not Ashamed||$420,000||-55%||516||11||$814||$1,607,984||2||Pure Flix|
|5||Queen of Katwe||$260,000||-31%||238||-81||$1,092||$8,157,219||6||Disney|
|7||Masterminds (2016)||$108,000||-63%||215||-305||$502||$17,279,644||5||Relativity Studios|
|8||Max Steel||$105,000||-85%||281||-1753||$374||$3,754,399||3||Open Road|
Friday Update: Sony reports this morning that Inferno nabbed $800,000 from early shows that began at 7pm in 2,874 locations on Thursday night. Unfortunately, that comes in noticeably shy of recent adult-driven thrillers like Jack Reacher: Never Go Back ($1.33 million), The Accountant ($1.35 million), The Girl on the Train ($1.23 million), Deepwater Horizon ($860,000), and fellow Tom Hanks-starrer Sully ($1.35 million).
There’s always a chance that the target older audience may be opting for regular weekend shows instead, but considering the built-in audience for the adapted franchise, this debut signals an opening weekend that will now likely come in under $20 million.
Official Friday estimates and key weekend projections will be published here on Saturday morning.