Box Office: 'Doctor Sleep' Hopes to Shine With $25M U.S. Debut

'Last Christmas' and 'Midway' also open nationwide over the crowded weekend, while 'Honey Boy' launches in select cinemas.

Unless there's an upset, Warner Bros.' R-rated horror pic Doctor Sleep — a sequel to Stephen King's The Shining — should win this weekend's box office race with a debut of $25 million or more.

The adaptation of King's 2013 novel of the same name is set decades after the events of The Shining, following a grown-up Danny (Ewan McGregor) as he grapples with his psychic abilities and the trauma of the past.

Doctor Sleep, which also stars Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran, was directed by Mike Flanagan and opens 39 years after The Shining hit theaters.

The R-rated horror-thriller is hardly the only fresh offering, as a cluster of titles are set to open over Veterans Day weekend and in advance of the crowded Thanksgiving corridor. One is even holiday-themed: Paul Feig's romantic comedy Last Christmas.

Inspired by the George Michael song of the same name, Universal's Last Christmas stars Emilia Clarke as a troubled artist whose fortunes start to change when a young man, played by Henry Golding, begins appearing in her life. Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh also star. (Golding and Yeoh also starred in the blockbuster rom-com Crazy Rich Asians).

Tracking shows Last Christmas opening in the mid-teen millions, but the pic could overperform.

The same applies to Roland Emmerich's big-budget World War II epic Midway, which is presently tracking to bow in the low- to mid-teen millions. The $100 million indie film stars Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein and Nick Jonas. Lionsgate timed the release of Midway to Veterans Day.

The fourth new release of the weekend is Paramount and Walden Media's family-friendly Playing With Fire, starring John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane as a group of firefighters who face their most challenging job yet: babysitting. Brianna Hildebrand also stars in the Andy Fickman-directed film, which is tracking to debut between $7 million and $10 million.

At the specialty box office, Amazon Studios will open the critically acclaimed Honey Boy in select theaters. The awards contender, written by and starring Shia LeBeouf, was directed by Alma Har'el.