BOX OFFICE UPSET: “Doctor Sleep” dozes, “Last Christmas” tanks, “Midway” wins weekend

Those $30 million opening predictions for “The Shining” sequel “Doctor Sleep” vanished Friday AM. Thursday night tipped Warner Brothers and Stephen King’s accountants that all was not well at The Overlook.

The damned movie only earned $14 million and change.

As it didn’t cost as much as “Midway,” it is more likely to come close to breaking even at the North American box office. Roland Emmerich and the effects companies burned through $100 million to recreate World War’s decisive naval battle. It earned over $17.5 million to win the weekend. Not enough.

John Cena and his kiddie comedy “Playing with Fire” kicked Paul Feig’s George Michael music-based maudlin movie “Last Christmas” in the teeth, taking third place. Over $12 and then some for the putrid “Playing.”

“Game of Thrones” fans didn’t show to see Emilia Clarke laugh and flirt, “Crazy Rich Asians” devotees didn’t come for Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh. They could smell a spoiler in the title tune “Last Christmas” and weren’t having it. $11-12.

“Dark Fate” is proving to be the last big screen “Terminator.” Fifth place and plunging.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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