BOX OFFICE: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ takes $28 million checkered flag, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ visit Purgatory

Give the people a great movie that isn’t a franchise, that has nothing to do with grown women and men in tights, and is over 2 and a half hours long, and the people will come.

IF it is an “event,” IF it has a dazzling pair of leads and impressive support, IF it is a prestige picture that might be the Best Picture of the year, that is.

“Ford v Ferrari” is all of those things, an it is opening at an impressive $28 million. Not “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” money, but it should have have a nice long fall into winter run.

“Charlie’s Angels,” rebooted again after 20 years, have passed their expiration date. Kristen Stewart and two nobodies star in a competent and empowering but joyless Enterprise, as I said in my review.

Audiences could smell the cynicism and are staying away. It every Girl scout troop in America goes on Sat. and Sunday, it might clear $11. Right now? Elizabeth Banks has directed a bomb.

“The Good Liar”;opened wide, which is I guess a strategy for making your money off a dull and predictable Big Con thriller starring the great Dame Helen and the Great Sir Ian. It may clear $3.

A platformed release can’t save a misfire. Variety was naming it as a best picture and best director contender, sight unseen, as late as last weekend. Nope.

“Midway” will earn another $8 million and should hold screens throgh the end of the month. Somethin to take Dad to over Thanksgiving, if “Ford v Ferrari” is too long of an investment.

“Doctor Sleep” is still snoozing. Word of mouth didn’t help it or “Last Christmas” or “Playing with Fire” survive their second weekend.

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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