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‘Ford v Ferrari’ races to first place, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ collapses

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.

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Written by Mohsin Soomro

A dreamer and a go-getter, this is how I would define myself. With seven- plus years of experience in Journalism, I have worked with various publications in print and online. With an inclination towards photography, it is my dream to go on around the world tour someday and capture the beauty of nature through my lens. You can write to me at mohsinsoomro10[@] gmail (dot) com)

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