Box Office: ‘Doctor Sleep’ Rouses $1.5 Million on Thursday Night

Warner Bros.’ supernatural thriller “Doctor Sleep” roused $1.5 million in North America during Thursday night preview showings.Lionsgate’s “Midway” took in $925,000 at 2,600 locations from Thursday night previews and Universal’s “Last Christmas” came up with $575,000 at 2,700 sites.“Doctor Sleep,” starring Ewan McGregor, is expected to dominate moviegoing this weekend at 3,855 sites amid forecasts between $25 million to $30 range.

The openings of romantic comedy “Last Christmas,” and World War II drama “Midway” will probably battle Paramount’s second weekend of “Terminator: Dark Fate” for second place in the $12 million to $15 million range.“Doctor Sleep” is directed by Mike Flanagan (“The Haunting of Hill House”) from his own script, based on Stephen King’s 2013 novel.

The story, a sequel to “The Shining,” centers on the character Danny Torrance, who struggles with childhood trauma, alcoholism and his psychic powers, known as “the shining.” Rebecca Ferguson, Carl Lumbly, Bruce Greenwood and Zahn McClarnon also star.

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