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Midway Surprises Doctor Sleep

'Playing With Fire,' 'Last Christmas' trail
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 10, 2019 11:18 AM CST
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This image released by Lionsgate shows Nick Jonas in a scene from "Midway."   (Reiner Bajo/Lionsgate via AP)

(Newser) – The World War II film Midway has scored a surprise victory at the box office this weekend over Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. Lionsgate on Sunday said the war epic from director Roland Emmerich earned an estimated $17.5 million in North American theaters to take the top spot on the charts, the AP reports.

Going into the weekend, analysts expected the No. 1 spot would go to Warner Bros.' Doctor Sleep, the high-profile Stephen King adaptation starring Ewan McGregor. But audiences slept on the well-reviewed film, and it grossed only $14.1 million from over 3,800 locations. Doctor Sleep was expected to open over to $25 million. The John Cena-led Playing With Fire opened in third place with $12.8 million, while the romantic comedy Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke took fourth with $11.6 million.

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