Ford v Ferrari Takes Checkered Flag

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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 2000should 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.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saw Bad Santa 2 last night and thought it wasn't quite as good as the first one, but pretty close. The only thing that would have made it better in my opinion was if John Ritter was in this one too, but of course since he's been dead for 16 years that's not possible. Anyway, just like the original there was still plenty of outrageous fun to be had as well as tender sweet moments that almost made me tear up at times. Say what you will about the Bad Santa movies, but they do have a sweet side to them that gets me every time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was no fan of the original Frozen, but to me Frozen 2 seems ten times better, on the strength of the previews alone. That doesn't mean I'll want to watch it on the big screen (I never saw the original in a theater either), but chances are I am gonna want to rent it when it comes out. The only movies I hope to see on the big screen are A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and the latest Clint Eastwood film Richard Jewell, with the Jumanji sequel being a maybe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Sony in my opinion made a bad move releasing it one week before Frozen II. I know of many girls who can't wait to see F2, and I haven't met a single person who was excited for Charlie's Angels. 
Oh well. Maybe Sony will have better luck competing with Disney next month with Jumanji vs Star Wars: Round 2.

Also, big props to Warner Bros on Joker making $1 billion. With Aquaman, Shazam and now Joker, you guys have gotten DC back on track! I am nothing but excited for your future films in the franchise (except Birds of Prey)!
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