‘Ford v Ferrari’ Laps Box Office Competition

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If there is one sure-fire formula for a good movie, it’s good acting and a fast car, something the film “Ford v Ferrari” has in spades. The movie opened Friday and had a stronger-than-expected opening weekend crushing the competition at the box office. “Ford v Ferrari” is a film we were very excited about around here and features Christian Bale and Matt Damon playing Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby, respectively.

Fox Studios had projected an opening weekend of just below $20 million. On the weekend running Friday through Sunday, the film grossed an estimated $31 million. The film is more about the people behind the scenes getting the Ford racing cars ready to beat Ferrari at its own game than the race itself.

That said, the movie is chock full of racing action. Other cast members include Tracy Letts as Henry Ford II and Jon Bernthal as Lee Iacocca. The film has been receiving good reviews since it premiered and has generated Oscar buzz. Interestingly, both Christian Bale and Matt Damon are up for best actor for their roles in the same movie.

Currently, the movie has a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and viewers have given the movie an A+ rating in CinemaScore exit polls. The New York Times says that indicates the film will have staying power. Another movie that opened over the weekend was the rebooted Charlie’s Angels flick that bombed at an estimated $8.6 million, said to be a bad showing even for a non-franchise movie. We still haven’t seen “Ford v Ferrari,” so let us know what you thought in the comments if you watched it this weekend. Most of the cars in the film were reportedly built by Superformance.

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Source: New York Times

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. My 15 year old son and I went yesterday to see it. Very good movie although it is about 2 1/2 hours long. Great cars and great story line.

  2. Great movie. Acting and settings were superb. Car and settings authenticity excellent. Very good friendship story. Saw it twice and likely will see it many more times.

  3. I was 14 at the time and very into cars. The story brought back great memories of watching the finish on tv. Still love Ford and my Mustang!❤️Oh and the movie was excellent!

  4. We went to see it Saturday, it was excellent!! The friendship and all of the behind the scenes between Lee, Ford and Enzo were quite interesting. But the cherry on top is watching them race, many scenes made you feel like you were in the driver seat, it kept us on the edge of our seats. Will go see it again. We loved this movie. Awesome! Makes you want more. Both should get best actor awards. Can’t say enough.

  5. Went on Monday to see the movie with my 22 yo son at IMAX I’m (59). It was really Awesome! Most exciting movie I have ever saw. # 2 now is Jaws . Great father son bonding movie.

  6. Can’t wait for the exciting Ford v Honda movie in a few years where they have a bunch of focus groups with 50+ year old women on how they developed another bland, boring, commuting pod, Honda HRV clone in an oversaturated SUV/CUV market to develop the new “Mustang Mach-E”.

    • I am confused by her article. This is a movie. Entertainment. This was not a statement on gender equality (or the lack thereof) nor was it an attempt to be pc. If you read between the lines or actually watch some of the scenes, much is inferred that isn’t actually spoken. Whether or not one likes a particular time in history has no bearing on the fact that it occurred. The movie was entertaining, pure and simple. And yes, I am a woman. One who does not fit any stereotype, and that includes any based on age or gender. Go see the movie. The acting is great, the cars and racing scenes fantastic. Or don’t. But don’t shame us that do for reasons that have nothing to do with a movie. End of rant.

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