Sunday, October 6, 2019

Weekend Box-Office: JOKER Breaks October Record With $93.5 Million Debut


The DC Comics adaptation "Joker" smashed record after record this weekend and delivered the largest October debut ever, topping the performance of another comic book adaptation, "Venom". Meanwhile, with no other new wide releases, the rest of the films in the Top 10 performed as well as could be expected against the Joker.

Find out more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

The Warner Bros' comic book adaptation "Joker", an origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix, defied controversy and fears of violent incidents to open at #1 with a massive $93.5 million from 4,374 theaters, which is the biggest October domestic debut of all time, beating "Venom" which opened with $80.2 million from 4,250 theaters in 2018. It also broke the preview night and first-day October records. The film's debut is also the fourth largest for an R-rated film, ahead of "The Matrix Reloaded" ($91.7 million) and below "It" ($123.4 million).

The film is also a huge hit overseas, grossing $140.5 million from 73 markets, and South Korea leads the pack with a $16.3 million launch, followed by the U.K. ($14.8 million). France and Germany will join the clown party later this week.

"Joker" received mostly positive reviews from critics, but proved somewhat divisive (69% on Rotten Tomatoes and 58 on Metacritic), not quite what you would expect after the acclaim it received at this year's Venice Film Festival where it surprisingly won top honors. The audience reception, however, was definitely more enthusiastic (91% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and a "B+" from CinemaScore's polls).

Universal's release of DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio's animated feature "Abominable" finished in second place with $12 million. The film only dropped 41.8%, an excellent second weekend performance, and its domestic total has reached $37.8 million. Overseas it added another $24.6 million, including an $11.2 million debut in China, and its international tally is currently at $38.5 million.

"Downton Abbey" is also performing strongly with a third-place finish and a soft 44.2% drop. The film has grossed $8 million this weekend, which brings its domestic total to $73.6 million, while internationally it raked in $6.6 million over the weekend for an overseas total of $61.8 million.

In fourth place we find "Hustlers" with $6.3 million after dropping just 45%, and its domestic total has reached $91.3 million after 24 days in theaters.

The Top 5 is rounded out by "It: Chapter Two" with $5.3 million, and the film has now topped $200 million domestically, becoming only the third R-rated film ever to do. This weekend its international total has reached $234.5 million after adding $5.6 million.

The biopic "Judy" has expanded nationwide, adding 997 theaters, and the film has finished the weekend in seventh place with $4.4 million from 1,458 locations.

Another surprise is the ninth-place finish of the Hindi-language action thriller "War" produced by Aditya Chopra, which raked in $1.5 million over the weekend from 305 theaters.

New Wide Releases: "Joker".

Biggest Drop : "Angel has Fallen" (-63%)

Smallest Drop : "Abominable" (-41%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Joker $93.5M $93.5M $140.5M $70M
2 Abominable $12M $37.8M $38.5M $75M
3 Downton Abbey $8M $73.6M $61.8M $20M
4 Hustlers $6.3M $91.3M $18.7M $20M
5 It: Chapter Two $5.3M $202.2M $234.5M $79M
6 Ad Astra $4.5M $43.6M $67.7M $100M
7 Judy $4.4M $8.9M N/A N/A
8 Rambo: Last Blood $3.5M $39.8M $24.5M $50M
9 War $1.5M $2M N/A N/A
10 Good Boys $0.9M $82M $25.5M $20M


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