Ford v Ferrari left its box office competitors in the dust as Disney’s historical sports drama sped its way to $31 million in North America.
Directed by James Mangold and starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, “Ford v Ferrari” debuted ahead of expectations, thanks to strong word-of-mouth from moviegoers.
However, those ticket sales weren’t enough to offset disappointing starts from fellow high-profile newcomers, Charlie’s Angels and The Good Liar, pushing the domestic box office down over 6% from last year, according to Comscore.
Sony’s action comedy Charlie’s Angels sputtered out of the gate with an uninspiring $8.6 million, landing in third place behind Lionsgate’s war drama Midway ($8.75 million) and just ahead of Paramount’s family film Playing With Fire ($8.5 million).
Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ thriller The Good Liar barely cracked the top 10, collecting just $5.6 million from 2,439 theaters.
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Ford v Ferrari enticed a mostly older male crowd: Men accounted for 62% of ticket buyers, while nearly 80% were over the age of 25. Audiences awarded the film with a rare A+ CinemaScore, a sign that the racing drama should have a long life in theaters.
Ford v Ferrari tells the true story of the automotive team at Ford, led by designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and his British driver Ken Miles (Bale), as they build a race car attempting to beat the legendary Ferrari in the prestigious Le Mans race.
Charlie’s Angels arrived well behind domestic box office projections (the studio was anticipating a start closer to $13 million) and will now rely on overseas audiences to help recoup its $48 million production budget.
Elizabeth Banks wrote and directed Charlie’s Angels — starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska — the third big-screen adaptation of the classic action series.
The newest chapter sees the Angels going global to halt the spread of a dangerous new technology that could threaten the world. Banks portrays one of the many Bosleys, while Sam Claflin, Patrick Stewart and Noah Centineo joined the cast.