Opening movies with critical buzz a week or three before Thanksgiving as “Ford v Ferrari” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” are seeing big bumps to their bottom lines this five-day holiday weekend.
“Knives Out,” the fun whodunit/comic thriller from Rian Johnson, is managing a robust $35 million. But “Ford v Ferrari” is also racing along, holding onto audience on its way to that $100 million total take finish line, which it could cross next weekend.
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is atoning for a weak opening weekend with a $16-17 million five day second weekend.
And that should be just behind newcomer “Queen & Slim,” which could clear $17 million despite not having a marquee star in its cast, an arty/poetic on-the-lam blaxploitation drama with Black Lives Matter topicality.
Even “21 Bridges” is cashing in, another $11-12 million this weekend, as everybody who missed this mixed-reviewed cop thriller last weekend is taking a gander this time out.
The newcomers should push “Joker” and “The Good Liar” out of the top ten,but not “Midway,”which is still playing well in the provinces (I took my elderly Navy vet Dad to it Wed., half-full theater). It will clear the $50 million mark by midnight Sunday.