NEW YORK (AP) – â€œFord v Ferrariâ€ put its competition in the rearview, racing to a $31 million debut at the box office in a No. 1 finish that counted as a win for big-budget originality.
James Mangoldâ€™s racing drama rode into the weekend with strong reviews and Oscar buzz for its for leads, Christian Bale and Matt Damon. And audiences enthusiastically greeted it, giving the $98 million movie an A-plus CinemaScore.
â€œFord v Ferrari,â€ which dramatizes the Ford Motor Co.â€™s push to unseat the perennial power Ferrari at Franceâ€™s 24-hour Les Mans race in 1966, has been considered a kind of throwback film, built largely on story, practical effects and star power.
Elizabeth Banksâ€™ â€œCharlieâ€™s Angelsâ€ reboot couldnâ€™t keep up. The Kristen Stewart-led film opened below expectations with $8.6 million.