‘Midway’ Defeats ‘Doctor Sleep’ in Surprise Box Office Upset

In a surprise box office win, Roland Emmerich’s World War II epic “Midway” took down the competition in North America to land in first place with $17.5 million.
Heading into the weekend, Warner Bros.’ Stephen King adaptation “Doctor Sleep” was widely expected to take the top prize, but the R-rated sequel to 1980’s “The Shining” debuted at No. 2 with a slumbering $14.1 million from 3,855 venues, around half of what the studio projected. Overall, it was a disappointing weekend as lackluster receipts across domestic box office charts pushed ticket sales down over 26% from the same weekend in 2018, according to Comscore.

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