Sunday, October 20, 2019

Weekend Box-Office: Disney's MALEFICENT Sequel Takes Top Spot, But It's a Flop


Disney had a disappointing weekend as their latest live-action film, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil", a sequel to the 2014 reimagining of the studio's 1959 animated film "Sleeping Beauty", managed to bomb, despite topping the charts. Another sequel, the R-rated zombie comedy "Zombieland: Double Tap" performed slightly better than expected, but couldn't take down "Joker", which continues to perform well.

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

"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" opened at #1 this weekend with $36 million from 3,790 theaters, which is a significant drop from its predecessor's $69.4 million debut in 2014. The film most likely faced a lack of interest from moviegoers who rushed to see the first film out of curiosity, but did not connect to the idea of a Maleficent franchise. With a reported $185 million budget, Disney is looking overseas for salvation.

Internationally, the fantasy film raked in an estimated $117 million, including  $22 million in China and $10 million in Russia. However, it flopped in Japan with $3.2 million, where the first film opened with $6.7 million in 2014 and ended up with a total of over $63 million from this market.

The Angelina Jolie starrer received mixed reviews from critics (40% on Rotten Tomatoes and 43 on Metacritic), but it's generally regarded as being better than the first film. Audiences mostly enjoyed what they saw (96% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and an "A" grade from CinemaScore's polls.

The comic book villain origin story "Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix finished in second place with $29.2 million. The film dropped 48% in its third weekend, which is a great performance, and its domestic total has now reached $247.2 million. Overseas it added another $77.8 million for an international total of $490.3 million, and a global cume of $737.5 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, the sequel "Zombieland: Double Tap" opened in third place with $26.7 million from 3,468 theaters, managing to outperform its predecessor, which opened with $24.7 million in 2009. Of course, that was ten years ago, so inflation adjustments will change that order. Overseas it raked in $5 million from 17 markets. It helps a lot that the film only cost $42 million to produce.

"Zombieland: Double Tap" received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics (68% on Rotten Tomatoes and 56 on Metacritic), and moviegoers generally liked it (90% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and a "B+" grade from Metacritic).

In fourth place we find the animated film "The Addams Family" with $16 million. The film dipped 47% in its second weekend and its domestic total is now at $56.8 million against a $40 million budget.

The Top 5 is rounded out by Will Smith's latest flop, the sci-fi thriller "Gemini Man", which dropped 59% this weekend, grossing $8.5 million for a domestic total of $36.5 million. Even with a total of $82 million overseas, the film is having a hard time turning a profit with a reported budget of $138 million before marketing costs.

In other news, we have some strong performances among this week's new limited releases. Neon's "Parasite", an Oscar hopeful, brought in an estimated $1.2 million from just 33 locations, and a total of $1.8 million after ten days in theaters. Also, A24's horror film "The Lighthouse" scored $419,764 from 8 theaters, and Fox Searchlight's "Jojo Rabbit" debuted with $350,000 from just five locations.

New Wide Releases: "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil", "Zombieland: Double Tap".

Biggest Drop : "Gemini Man" (-58.6%)

Smallest Drop : "Judy" (-36.4%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $36M $36M $117M $185M
2 Joker $29.2M $247.2M $490.3M $55M
3 Zombieland: Double Tap $26.7M $26.7M $5.3M $42M
4 The Addams Family $16M $56.8M N/A $40M
5 Gemini Man $8.5M $36.5M $82.2M $138M
6 Abominable $3.5M $53.9M $74.8M $75M
7 Downton Abbey $3M $88.6M $75.5M $20M
8 Judy $2M $19M N/A N/A
9 Hustlers $2M $101.8M $23.6M $20M
10 It: Chapter Two $1.5M $209.6M $239.4M $79M


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