Sure, the showdown between Ford and Ferrari was a big deal back in the day. But when it comes to this weekend’s box-office tourney, it was all about the showdown between two anticipated newcomers: Ford v Ferrari v Charlie’s Angels. And folks, turns out it was no contest.
The historical drama Ford v Ferrari lapped the pack to kiss the box-office bricks, collecting more than $31 million in North America, according to early estimates. Why, that’s enough to actually buy the original Ford GT40, and those things ain’t cheap. It earned another $21.4 million overseas, including $1.3 in Italy, Ferrari’s home track. Sure, a victory at Le Mans is great. But Fox is just happy that the film made a little Le Money.
Ford v Ferrari’s checkered flag left last week’s champ, Midway, in second place. The war actioner scooped up another $8.8 million to push its two-week total to $35.1 mil.
Meanwhile, the newest reboot of Charlie’s Angels blew a tire sometime on Friday and never recovered. It chugged to the finish with just $8.6 million, well below Sony Pictures’ own modest expectations. While both Ford v Ferrari and Midway suggests there’s still an audience for historical fare, perhaps audiences think that Angels—a pretty vapid 1970s TV show that already had a cinematic reboot in 2000—should be history.
Meanwhile, the PG-rated Playing With Fire continued to hold tough in the top five. According to early estimates, the John Cena comedy finished fourth and earned nearly $8.6 million itself. And when final box-office receipts come in later today, there’s a possibility that it might even supplant Angels at No. 3.
Last Christmas closed out the top five with a $6.7 million weekend.
One more note before we drive away for the day. Joker may be outside the top five these days (it finished eighth), but the $5.6 million it earned this weekend helped push its overall worldwide grosses past the $1 billion mark. It’s the first R-rated movie to ever earn more than $1 billion, and it’s now the fourth highest-grossing flick in the DC Comics canon. Seems like Joker has plenty of reason to smile.