Box Office: ‘Midway’ Could Defeat ‘Doctor Sleep’ With $21 Million

Lionsgate’s action movie “Midway” is topping expectations and is expected to take the No.

1 spot at the box office over supernatural thriller “Doctor Sleep” with about $21 million for the weekend, early estimates showed Friday.“Doctor Sleep” is heading for about $18 million at 3,855 locations, coming in well under expectations of $25 million to $30 million.

Universal’s launch of romantic comedy “Last Christmas” is in line with forecasts at about $13 million from 3,448 screens, battling for third place with Paramount’s opening of family comedy “Playing With Fire” and its second weekend of “Terminator: Dark Fate.”“Midway,” directed by Roland Emmerich, had been expected to launch in the $13 million range at 3,242 North American sites.

The film recreates the 1942 Battle of Midway, a key early victory for the Allies in World War II that took place six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.“Midway” has been timed to take advantage of the Nov.

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