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Midway Battles Its Way To The Top Of The Weekend Box Office

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LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Lionsgate topped the weekend box office review with the debut of their World War 2 epic “Midway” which took in $17.5 million from North American theaters in its opening weekend, according to estimates compiled by Comscore.

Based on the real-life battle, the movie recounts the moments of individual heroism of numerous soldiers involved in the Pacific theater conflict.

The ensemble cast includes Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Patrick Wilson, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Luke Evans, Ed Skrein and is directed by Roland Emmerich.

Also new to the box office this weekend is “Doctor Sleep,” which earned an estimated $14.1 million in its North American debut. A semi-sequel to the Stanley Kubrick classic “The Shining” the film picks up the life of Danny Torrance 40 years after his harrowing experiences at the Overlook Hotel.

The film stars Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, and Kyliegh Curran in lead roles, with a supporting cast that includes Cliff Curtis, Carl Lumbly, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken, Jocelin Donahue, Emily Alyn Lind, Zahn McClarnon and Jacob Tremblay.

Paramount’s “Playing With Fire” opened in third in North America, earning $12.8 million in its weekend debut, according to Comscore estimates. The family-themed comedy tells the story of a group of elite firefighters who find themselves cast as babysitters after the rescue of three siblings from a dangerous wildfire.

The film stars Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, and Tyler Mane as firefighters and Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater as the rescued siblings.

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