Warner Bros.’ supernatural thriller “Doctor Sleep” roused $1.5 million in North America during Thursday night preview showings.
Lionsgate’s “Midway” earned $925,000 at 2,600 locations from Thursday night previews and Universal’s “Last Christmas” made $575,000 at 2,700 sites.
“Doctor Sleep,” starring Ewan McGregor, is expected to dominate moviegoing this weekend at 3,855 theaters amid forecasts between $25 million to $30 million. The openings of romantic comedy “Last Christmas” and World War II drama “Midway” will probably battle Paramount’s second weekend of “Terminator: Dark Fate” for second place in the $12 million to $15 million range.
“Doctor Sleep” is directed by Mike Flanagan (“The Haunting of Hill House”) from his own script, based on Stephen King’s 2013 novel. The story, a sequel to “The Shining,” centers on the character Danny Torrance, who struggles with childhood trauma, alcoholism and his psychic powers. Rebecca Ferguson, Carl Lumbly, Bruce Greenwood and Zahn McClarnon also star. The follow-up has evoked mostly positive reviews and holds a 75% score on Rotten Tomatoes.