'Ford v Ferrari' speeds to No. 1 with $31M debut

Elizabeth Banks' "Charlie's Angels" reboot couldn't keep up.

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer

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NEW YORK (AP) — "Ford v Ferrari" 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 Mangold'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.

"Ford v Ferrari," which dramatizes the Ford Motor Co.'s push to unseat the perennial power Ferrari at France'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.

FORD VS. FERRARI FILM SHOWCASES RACECARS WORTH MILLIONS

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Christian Bale, right, and Matt Damon in a scene from the film, "Ford v. Ferrari." (Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox via AP)

Elizabeth Banks' "Charlie's Angels" reboot couldn't keep up. The Kristen Stewart-led film opened below expectations with $8.6 million.

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