After opening softer than expected, the Warner Bros. horror flick Doctor Sleep might end up becoming a $20+ million loss for the studio according to Deadline.
Finance sources tell us today that Warner Bros.’ weekend Stephen King upset Doctor Sleep is poised to lose around $20M after all ancillaries, should it earn $100M at the global box office.
Doctor Sleep was dominated this weekend by Roland Emmerich’s WWII Midway (was dragged in reviews for cartoony CGI), which earned $17.5 million against Sleep’s $14.1 million.
Doctor Sleep is based on the sequel novel to Stephen King’s The Shining and attempts to expand the “shine” mythology.
It’s certainly disappointing after how well received the film has been and previous success of their Stephen King adaptations with IT/IT: Chapter Two.
However, I doubt the studio is losing much sleep over these box office results as Joker has been covering whatever losses the studio might see on it’s path to reaching billion dollars worldwide.
Warner Bros. also took a $50 million bath this year because of the weak box office of the Ansel Elgort led drama The Goldfinch.
Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance remains traumatized by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child. His hope for a peaceful existence soon becomes shattered when he meets Abra, a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the “shine.” Together, they form an unlikely alliance to battle the True Knot, a cult whose members try to feed off the shine of innocents to become immortal.